When we think of innovations and heights to be achieved in the future of flights then flying cars, big jets, some hybrid cars and trips to Mars comes in our mind. There will be an endless evolution of flight for humans.
Well yes, there are a lot of parts needed to make an airplane, but these parts give us just a small story of how this machine flies and stays in the air. We know only the parts which are visible to us but there are lots of parts involved and they have their functions as well. Like, how the system controls the vehicle and how does vehicle move are some key areas on which our aerospace engineer works and honestly, we have a little but no knowledge about that.
Well, these are the areas where the development of the latest technology is taking place.
In the past couple of decades, the aerospace industry has developed many technologies for better and cost-effective flight and the development of new methods is still going on.
Here are 5 innovations of technology in the aerospace industry.
Unlike other applications and games, programming in aircraft is very different. Any person with knowledge of coding can't just create a program and work it together with aircraft. Programming for the aircraft is mostly built upon its system; the person creating the code should know about the hardware as well. Not to mention that this software should be bug-free or it will create a dangerous situation.
Almost 80% of the job on an aircraft is done by software systems. Enhancing the communication system with the ground will make the landing more comfortable and easy.
Airports use the stair-step process to land as they have to make sure of the safety of all, but once the control centre knows where the plane is, it will be a much smoother process for landing. This will also save gallons of gas as the flights will take lesser time to land. The saved time might be nothing for the traveller but in the long run, it will be beneficial.
Sending messages from the cockpit to the centre, landing gear or anywhere has some problems and faces issues several times. This system is not much different from the vehicles on the land. But how to communicate with the other craft is a whole different issue.
Researchers are trying to make little drones that will help to observe, target as well as assassinate. There are many more technologies which are being developed which can track our positions. Well, every technology will be used to make the life of customers easily.
This idea of making airplanes fly without fuel has attracted people from both business and civil sectors. We can use this concept in 3D mapping, agriculture, wildlife protection, air photography and many more; with the access of the internet we can also control it from anywhere.
According to an aerospace research analyst, no-fuel planes will use solar energy that will provide the thrust which is required to fly. To reduce the weight of the aircraft, nano-carbon fiber is been used.
The best example of this is 'The Solar Impulse 2'which is a prototype. The interest of people in zero-fuel aircraft has pressurized researchers and aerospace industry to create and develop this technology.
With the arrival of new and advanced materials, the aerospace industry is getting huge benefits. Materials like carbon nano-tubes or graphene are helping airplanes to be lighter in weight and it also reduces fuel utilization.
With the help of these given materials, top scientists and researchers are developing a "morphing wing" which will lead to better manufacturing processes. These parts can be assembled with the help of robots as they will be much lighter in weight.
This emerging technology is going to be popular and is going to open new opportunities for young kids to learn and implement these technologies. Well, these are the technologies for the future and the kids in the future are going to learn the new methods of flights.
This might be the biggest trend in the aerospace industry.
Most of the engineering students get attracted to the aerospace industry as this is the hot industry for them. Students like to go into programming as they know that this software will also be implemented in hardware.
From just hardware science and technology to software system technology aerospace industry has come a long way.