Space shuttle's rudder could cut aircraft noise

时间:2017-07-20 07:01:02166网络整理admin

AIRLINERS could be made quieter as they come in to land if designers took a crinkly leaf out of the space shuttle’s book, Airbus suggests. In a US patent filed last week, Airbus notes that the space shuttle’s rudder – the hinged steering surface on the rear of the tail fin – splits to present two large surfaces to the airstream, helping to brake the craft as it glides back to Earth (bit.ly/9RBiMl). Airbus engineer Klaus Bender in Hamburg, Germany, says a similar “spreading rudder” could slow aircraft down,