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“Blown flaps redirect air generated by the propellers over the rear edge of the wings to generate a very high lift and allow the aircraft to take off at very low speeds. This would allow planes to take off from spaces like rooftops, parking lots or football fields, without having to use very energy-intensive approaches, like vertical takeoff and landing solutions.”

-Alejandra Uranga, USC Viterbi assistant professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering


USC Viterbi Professor Alejandra Uranga recently partnered with, a NASA-funded startup, to work on technology that supports more sustainable aircraft. The technology, called ‘blown-lift’, shows promise to increase the efficiency of electric-enabled aircraft making short trips.

Michael Cox

Michael was born and raised in a small island town off the coast of Seattle. He went to USC, but he’s still a Pacfic Northwesterner at heart—he loves hiking, reading, and watching the Seattle sports teams disappoint him. At Viterbi, Michael counsels high school and transfer students in the application process.

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