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Monday, 25 August 2014

'Smart skin' could enable airplanes of the future to 'feel', claim engineers

The Independent

Could aeroplanes of the future have feelings? Scientists working on a revolutionary concept to coat craft in an outer layer, close to that of human skin in function, are hoping so.

Engineers at BAE Systems’ Advanced Technology Centre are investigating the possibility of covering a plane in thousands of micro-sensors, effectively enabling it to sense the world around it.

They claim the “smart skin” would be able to feel temperature changes and monitor wear and tear, the advantage being that problems are spotted before they become more serious.

If successful it is expected the smart skin would reduce the need for regular ground check-ups, enable the plane to remain airborne for longer and improve the safety of on-board crew. 

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