Flight dynamics of a pterosaur-inspired aircraft utilizing a variable-placement vertical tail

  title={Flight dynamics of a pterosaur-inspired aircraft utilizing a variable-placement vertical tail},
  author={Brian Roberts and Rick Lind and Sankar Chatterjee},
  journal={Bioinspiration \& Biomimetics},
Mission performance for small aircraft is often dependent on the turn radius. Various biologically inspired concepts have demonstrated that performance can be improved by morphing the wings in a manner similar to birds and bats; however, the morphing of the vertical tail has received less attention since neither birds nor bats have an appreciable vertical tail. This paper investigates a design that incorporates the morphing of the vertical tail based on the cranial crest of a pterosaur. The… 

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