The Shape of Wings to Come

Inspired by nature, aerospace engineers are striving for a more fluid way to control aircraft.

Photograph by John B. Carnett

WAVE OF THE FUTURE Engineer Sridhar Kota uses artist Maya Lin’s 1995 earthen sculpture, The Wave Field, at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, to demonstrate wing morphing. His revolutionary airplane wing is flanked by colleagues Joel Hetrick (left) and Greg Ervin.

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Video (1) of morphing wings

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