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BAE Systems

BAE Systems

British multinational defence, security and aerospace company

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MAGMA

In December 2017, BAE Systems in conjunction with The University of Manchester held their first phase of flight trials for their experimental unmanned MAGMA aircraft. The MAGMA aircraft is an unmanned combat aerial vehicle that uses a unique blown-air systems to steer the airplane while flying instead of traditional mechanical moving controls or fins. 



Two technologies unique to the MAGMA aircraft are wing circulation control and fluidic thrust vectoring. Both technologies take advantage of air flow resulting from the aircrafts engine and blown air. Wing circulation control takes air being blown from the engine and blows it over the trailing edge of the wing providing stability to the aircraft while in flight. Fluidic thrust vectoring uses blown air to deflect the aircrafts exhaust which allows the aircraft to change direction. 





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Lana Spencer, PG, CHMM, QISP

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Neil Harmsworth

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BAE ignites unmanned interest with Magma

Craig Hoyle

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First MAGMA flight trials | BAE Systems | International

Andrea Kay

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Documentaries, videos and podcasts

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MAGMA : BAE Systems' tech to change future of aircraft design

December 15, 2017

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