Modern aircraft have long ceased to be just an aircraft, it is now the most complex technological systems, consisting of a plurality of interconnected systems. Failure of one of these can cause unpredictable and very tragic consequences. Therefore, the most important aspect of the work is timely and the most effective diagnosis possible problems.
British company BAE Systems has developed the smart cover for the aircraft, which will allow the “feel” of damage, just as human skin feels injury.
The technology consists of tens of thousands of microsensors and is able to detect problems before they occur. Pilot using them for collecting data from the environment. Sensors can measure wind speed, temperature, humidity and record any deformation of the outer shell of the aircraft.
The sensors have as small a size,that can be applied on surfaces of aircraft by spraying. Also, each of them has its own power supply.
Sounds great. Although BAE invention is not too absolutely and for the mass introduction little use. But we hope that it will be!