General Chat Thread, Self Healing Planes in General; Boffins at BAE Systems have unveiled a crop of futuristic new technologies that could be incorporated into military and civil ...
8th July 2014, 11:02 AM #1
Self Healing Planes
Self-healing planes and the future of flight - MSN Innovation UK
Boffins at BAE Systems have unveiled a crop of futuristic new technologies that could be incorporated into military and civil aircraft come the year 2040 or even before.
The team of scientists and engineers have been working on four different technologies at the BAE Systems Research and Development facility at Warton in Lancashire. The innovative new developments include aircraft parts that can heal themselves, a new type of long range aircraft, a direct energy weapon and a sophisticated variation on 3D printing.
8th July 2014, 11:09 AM #2
That's...insane! The aim of this concept is to create the ultimate adaptable taskforce, headed up by a lead aircraft that would be able to enter any kind of unknown scenario and subsequently manufacture smaller aircraft that could be ready for anything.
8th July 2014, 11:58 AM #3
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8th July 2014, 12:40 PM #4
Only much much smaller! And probably without the wit of a Mind.
8th July 2014, 12:57 PM #5
No mention of gridfire either
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8th July 2014, 12:59 PM #6
They did mention a directed energy weapon... Could be...
you read anything other than Consider Phlebas yet?
8th July 2014, 01:08 PM #7
Pretty much all of them now
I've currently on The Player of Games and just have Surface Detail and The Hydrogen Sonata to go. Also got distacted by the new Pratchett novel The Long Mars.
8th July 2014, 01:11 PM #8
- Rep Power
Haven't they had self-healing plastic/concrete and the like for a while now?
8th July 2014, 01:12 PM #9
Great stuff! Surface detail is one of my favourites. It's got the most entertaining warship of the lot if I remember.
Just working through Hydrogen Sonata now, plenty of ship-ship chat in this one. Reminds me a little of Excession.
I've got the Pratchett Long Earth series to start enxt also.
9th July 2014, 03:12 PM #10
I think they have, but I think these are the first major plans to use this sort of thing properly.
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