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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