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The Morpheus Laboratory

The Morpheus Laboratory’s mission is to: (1) offer rigorous, graduate level, experiment-centric training in the fields of adaptive aerospace structures, smart materials, and flight testing, (2) benefit society through the generation of scholarship in the fields of adaptive aerospace structures, smart materials, and flight testing,  (3) develop disruptive flight-worthy aerospace technologies based on innovative applications of smart materials, and 4) To inspire the children of today to become the scientific and engineering innovators of tomorrow through ongoing outreach efforts in the surrounding community.
Facilities at Morpheus Lab include our primary lab space located in the Advanced Materials and processing Branch at NASA Langley Research center, our office space in the National Institute of Aerospace. The lab owns several model RC airplanes and various scale flapping wing unmanned air vehicles for routine flight testing and as research platforms. The lab also has some machining capability. 
There are three main areas of research at the Morpheus Laboratory:

  • Active Flow Control: Active Flow Control with Synthetic Jet Actuators; Electro-active Polymer Synthetic Jet
  • Fixed Wing Flight: Conformal Aero Sensors; Lift Distribution Control
  • Flapping Wing Flight: Aerodynamic Modeling; Ornithopter Flight Dynamics and Control; Passive Wing Morphing; Vehicle Design for Agility; Vehicle Design for Flight Testing
  • Systems: Aerial Canine (K-9) ; Autonomous 3D Map Generation; Biomechanical Aerial Technology System (BATS); Piezoelectric Flexstensional Actuator; Skywalker Program



Dr. James Hubbard, Jr., Director
National Institute of Aerospace
Dr. Hubbard's web site:
Laboratory web site:


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