5 Aerospace Innovations to Look Out For
The world of technology is rapidly expanding with new innovations and upgrades becoming available each day. It’s vital for manufacturers in any field to stay up-to-date with all the latest technologies and adjust accordingly. The aerospace industry is no exception. It can seem overwhelming to keep up with the fast-paced nature of the technological world, so we’ve gathered the top 5 innovations in aviation to keep an eye on for the future.
- Electric and Zero-Fuel Aircrafts
As more and more pressure falls on companies to replace fossil fuels, electric run vehicles are becoming all the rage. By utilizing solar energy panels instead of fuel, electric aircraft are making their way into the industry. While commercial airlines have yet to fully implement this technology, zero-fuel planes are being used mainly in aerial photography, mapping and agriculture.
- Smart Automation Technology
By simply scanning a metal surface with a tablet or smartphone, technicians can effortlessly determine what bolt, screw or fastener is needed. This innovation makes manufacturing aircraft parts a breeze, with all the same precision, but double the speed.
- 3D Printing
Perhaps the most widely known innovation is the surge in 3D printing technology. The advent of 3D printing has provided many manufacturers with a timely and cost-effective process to help keep up with deadlines, avoid production shortages and, of course, cut down material costs.
- Virtual Reality Entertainment
On the consumer side, virtual reality screens may soon be replacing traditional on-board passenger windows. These virtual windows provide passengers with a clear, high-definition view, free of any distortion or uncomfortable angles. Collins Aerospace, the company that brought virtual windows into fruition, claims the virtual experience is superior to what the eye normally receives through a traditional glass window.
- “Smart” Cabin Technology
Integrating smart technology with the current aircraft cabin infrastructure improves the efficiency of crew members while also providing a better in-flight experience for passengers. Much like a smart home, smart cabin technology provides digitally managed amenities for passengers and crew from voice-controlled lighting to extended wireless services.