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The Experimental High-Altitude Long-Endurance (X-HALE) UAV is a research project being developed as a low-cost platform to obtain relevant nonlinear aeroelastic data to support validation of nonlinear aeroelastic codes, and as a future platform for control law studies. The aircraft should capture unique coupled nonlinear aeroelasticity/flight dynamics interactions in very flexible aircraft not easily obtained/possible from wind tunnel tests.


Team Leaders: Jessica Jones (jrenejo) and Matthew Defore (aeromatt)
Faculty Advisor: Carlos E.S. Cesnik (cesnik)
Sponsoring Unit: Department of Aerospace Engineering / Air Force Research Laboratory
Team E-mail: x-hale at

X-HALE Website