The new test article was engineered to accommodate aerodynamic non-­‐uniformities under the F-­‐15B, while also being sufficiently representative of the Aerion wing in order to evaluate the effect of surface imperfections on the stability of supersonic boundary layers. Information gleaned from these tests will help define manufacturing standards for surface quality and assembly tolerances, both crucial to future production of the SBJ.

“The Aerion SBJ design utilizes patented applications of natural laminar flow for efficiency and speed, so understanding the parameters under which such an aircraft will be built and operated is fundamental to proving its viability,” said Dr. Richard Tracy, Aerion’s chief technology officer. “Our continued mutually beneficial relationship with NASA Dryden, plus a separate agreement

 

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