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    AW&ST RQ-180 Out of the Black 6 Dec 2013

    "Computational fluid dynamics permit new stealth aircraft to achieve “sailplane-like” efficiency, industry officials say. The management of complex three-dimensional airflow is the key to achieving laminar flow over much of the wing and designing stealth-compatible exhaust and inlet systems that are lighter and more efficient than those on the B-2. [ ... ] The pursuit of laminar flow and efficiency likely drove the development of new structural and manufacturing technologies. Scaled Composites, which Northrop Grumman acquired in 2007, is a world leader in building large composite airframes “outside-in” in female molds, resulting in a consistent and fastener-free surface."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grapeshot View Post
    Science marches on.
    I would say that technology marches on. Science is susceptible to falsification, while technology is not. There is no fundamental scientific breakthrough here, merely computer aided application of physics.

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