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Twisteron- Reducing Drag in Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV)

Utah State University is seeking a company interested in commercializing a technology that maximizes lift of a wing during take-off and minimizes induced drag during flight. A researcher at Utah State University has developed this novel technology, Twisteron. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) have become increasingly useful for military, government, and civilian use. They provide safe means for reconnaissance, surveillance, and mission objectives. According to Teal, the UAV market will rise from $3.4 billion in annual sales to $7.3 billion over the next decade. With a greater focus on High Altitude Long Endurance (HALE) UAVs, Twisterons provide fuel efficient technology to maximize flight time and decrease take off time.
Features and Benefits
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
  • Commercial passenger airliners
  • Commercial long range transports
  • High performance military aircraft
  • Long range military transports
  • Private aircraft
  • Watercraft
  • Minimizes induced drag, generating longer flights with less power
  • Ability to maximize lift, creating shorter take off and higher altitude
  • Less expensive wing platform with greater performance, leading to lower cost of operation
  • Increase maneuverability for high performance aircraft
Induced drag in aircraft is caused during the generation of lift by a wing. The amount of induced drag depends of the amount of lift being generated by the wing and on the shape and size of the wing. Induced drag results in diminished fuel economy as well as decreased airspeed and contributes to the stall characteristics of the wing. A new control surface, the Twisteron, has been invented at Utah State University. The Twisteron modifies the shape of the wing to diminish induced drag or maximize lift. During take off, lift can be maximized to allow for quicker take off with less runway. During flight the wing shape is altered to minimize drag, creating longer flights with less power.
Development Stage
Prototype remote controlled aircraft has been built and flown. This prototype demonstrates improved performance. One patent has issued and one is pending.
U.S. Patent No. 6,970,773
Patent Pending
Ray DeVito
Technology Commercialization Office
(435) 797-9615
Reference: W04018