PALAISEAU, France—A team of Toulouse-based researchers has progressed significantly in the area of morphing wings, bringing the long-sought dream of copying birds for better aerodynamics closer to reality. Successful wind tunnel tests on a downscaled wing section convinced Airbus to proceed with full-scale flight trials in 2020. Since 2017, the European Commission (EC) has funded an intermediate three-year phase in the “Smart Morphing and Sensing” research effort as part ...

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