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Advanced Air Vehicles Program


ADVANCED AIR VEHICLES PROGRAM
Aeronautics research plays a vital supporting role to aviation by making possible game-changing innovation and development. The resulting tools and technologies increase the capacity and improve the efficiency, safety, and environmental compatibility of the nation’s air transportation system.

Environmentally friendly next-generation fixed wing and vertical lift aircraft will be needed as growth accelerates in both domestic and international air transportation. That’s why NASA’s Advanced Air Vehicle Program (AAVP) studies, evaluates and develops technologies and capabilities that can be integrated into these aircraft systems, as well as exploring far-future concepts that hold promise for revolutionary improvements to air travel.

Innovative design concepts developed by AAVP for advanced vehicles integrate multiple, simultaneous vehicle performance considerations that focus on fuel burn, noise, emissions and intrinsic safety. The goal: to enable new aircraft to fly safer, faster, cleaner, quieter, and use fuel far more efficiently.

AAVP research primes the technology pipeline, enabling continued U.S. aeronautical leadership, economic competitiveness, and job creation. Partners from industry, academia, and other government agencies are engaged by AAVP to maintain a sufficiently broad perspective on technology solutions to aviation’s most pressing needs, to pursue mutually beneficial collaborations, and to leverage opportunities for effective technology transition.

Advanced Air Vehicles Projects

Giant vanes which help air flow around a corner in this transonic wind tunnel at NASA's Langley Research Center. Aeronautics Evaluation and Test Capabilities (AETC)
The research and test capabilities (both test and analysis assets) necessary to achieve the future air vehicles and operations described above require efficient and effective investment, use, and management. Efforts in this area preserve and enhance those specific research and test capabilities that are necessary to achieve the missions.
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Artist concept of a BWB in flight. Advanced Air Transport Technology (AATT)
NASA's vision for advanced fixed wing transport aircraft is revolutionary energy efficiency and environmental compatibility. The overarching goal of the AATT Project is to explore and develop technologies and concepts to enable this vision.
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Composite Structure. Advanced Composites (AC)
NASA is addressing improved methods, tools, and protocols to reduce the development and certification timeline for composite materials and structures. It is inevitable that composite structures will see increased application due to the pressure to develop more efficient, sustainable vehicles.
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Scramjet Test Commercial Supersonic Technology (CST)
Supersonic vehicle research addresses the development of tools, technologies, and knowledge that will help eliminate today’s technical barriers to practical commercial supersonic flight.
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Artist concept of a future vehicle with rotary wings. Revolutionary Vertical Lift Technology (RVLT)
NASA's vision for vertical lift vehicles is to capitalize and improve unique vertical capabilities to greatly benefit the Nation’s growing civil flight requirements.
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AAVP in the News
New Probe Could Improve Sonic Boom Investigation
Quiet Supersonic X-plane to be Designed
NASA Begins Work to Build a Quieter Supersonic Passenger Jet
Researchers Gauge Sonic Boom Noise Annoyance
NASA/Army Celebrate 50 Years of Rotorcraft Collaboration



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