Defense aircraft is riding on the developments in embedded sensor technology to enhance functional capabilities, as well as monitoring and manufacturing aspects.
FREMONT, CA: Defense aircraft systems have today become a complex mix of several technologies. This makes the operation of the modern, integrated systems significantly challenging. Defense aircraft nare often exposed to the rigors of travel, as well as war trials under extreme external conditions. Compared to commercial planes, warplanes need to be more sophisticated. Accordingly, maintenance and monitoring needs should be fulfilled. Moreover, the breakdown of aircraft components entails cost, time, as well as manpower.
The emergence of embedded smart sensors has opened up new opportunities in the management and maintenance of defense aircraft systems. The role of the IoT and embedded smart sensors in molding modern defense aircraft systems are discussed below.
Monitoring Air Traffic
The technology involves the use of a fiber optic sensing system (FOSS) for aerospace monitoring. FOSS also outlines an innovation in sensing technology. The technology allows the placement of sensors at quarter-inch intervals for comprehensive imaging. FOSS employs embedded sensors to achieve real-time, data-driven processing of massive data sets.
Manufacturing Better Aircrafts
Advancements in industrial IoT and embedded sensors have also resulted in enhancing manufacturing efficiency. Today, defense aircraft systems can be immaculately designed and produced within short periods of time. The modern manufacturing capabilities that put sensors to use ensure that there are no compromises when it comes to the production of critical defense aircraft. Network sensing capability allows manufacturers to integrate various systems for sensing and data processing. As manufacturing prowess increases, components in defense planes are also improving.
Enhanced Maintenance Capabilities
Defense aircraft generate extensive amounts of monitoring data. This data can be of strategic importance in allowing predictive inspections as well as repairs. Sensors can help with automatic spotting of all kinds of structural damage occurring to a plane's body due to corrosion, fatigue, or accident during regular maintenance schedules of the aircraft. Moreover, such an exceptional means of inspection will save a notable amount of time and resources.
As defense capabilities become more and more important, sensors are here to boost monitoring and data collection features in warplanes.