Posted on: 21 November 2014 by Ross McSweeny
Boeing has begun flight tests on a 787 as part of its ecoDemonstrator programme, in an attempt to improve the aircraft’s environmental performance throughout all phases of flight.
Included in these tests are both software and connectivity technologies, such as both on-board wireless sensor networks and micro electro mechanical systems microphones, which aim to reduce wiring and weight.
Other systems being tested are NASA’s Airborne Spacing for Terminal Arrival Routes (ASTAR) to improve landing efficiency, greenhouse gas sensors – being evaluated in collaboration with Japan Airlines and others – and real-time turbulence reports generated in collaboration with Delta Air Lines to mitigate turbulence events.
Supplier partners for ecoDemonstrator 787 technologies and flight tests include Rolls Royce, Honeywell, Rockwell Collins, General Electric and Panasonic, and in 2015, the ecoDemonstrator programme will test more technologies on a 757 in collaboration with TUI Travel Group and NASA.