What do you call the software used in airplane that allow the airplane to fly even with a bad shape? I remember there was a name, but I think I forgot it. Does the term apply to other things than airplane? I think modern plane cannot fly without the software.

  • By "even with a bad shape", do you mean "even when it is in bad shape"? autopilot comes to mind but I'm not sure how it handles a damaged airplane.
    – katatahito
    Jul 2, 2019 at 0:17
  • I think you mean a fly-by-wire system.
    – Luck
    Jul 2, 2019 at 16:54

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I am no expert in aeronautics or aerodynamics but I believe the system you may be referring to is called "Fly-by-wire" or more narrowly "Digital Fly-by-wire" or more accurately a "Digital flight control system"

See this Wikipedia article for more information.

Digital flight control systems enable inherently unstable combat aircraft, such as the Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk and the Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit flying wing to fly in usable and safe manners.

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