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Future Of Aircraft

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Future Of Aircraft

  1. 1. Future of Aircraft David and Clay
  2. 2. Past Aircraft <ul><li>Things have changed a immensely from when heavier then air aircraft started flying such as: </li></ul><ul><li>Jet propulsion </li></ul><ul><li>Commercial use </li></ul><ul><li>Airframe </li></ul><ul><li>Flight time </li></ul>
  3. 3. Improvement to modern aircraft <ul><li>Modern aircraft include changes to older designs but not outright redesign, changes include: </li></ul><ul><li>4. New airfoils </li></ul><ul><li>3. Lighter structures </li></ul><ul><li>2. Control systems </li></ul><ul><li>1. Better propulsion </li></ul>
  4. 4. Better propulsion <ul><li>Piston engines were used first. </li></ul><ul><li>Now gas turbines also known as jet engines are used </li></ul>
  5. 5. Control systems <ul><li>Then: To control old aircraft a pilot must shift his weight. </li></ul><ul><li>Now: Everything is fly-by-wire, meaning that it is computer or cable controlled. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Lighter Structures <ul><li>Airplanes were made out of wood and canvas until the 1930’s modern equivalents are: </li></ul><ul><li>Aluminum alloys and materials with reinforcing fibers </li></ul>
  7. 7. New Airfoil Designs <ul><li>Future aircraft will have many changes and will most likely look nothing like today's planes just as ours do not look like the Wright flyer. </li></ul><ul><li>These types of designs will become the next generation of flyers, but they are not truly the future of aircraft. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Airfoil Designs... Not only this future aircraft will have the ability to….
  9. 9. Repair Themselves <ul><li>This will be possible because of new building ideas, imbedding resin that oozes into cracks on demand. </li></ul><ul><li>This is currently in prototype and it mimics nature in how it heals it self. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Access to Space <ul><li>New designs are making what once seemed impossible possible. </li></ul><ul><li>The Space shuttle now becoming obsolete. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Replacing the Space Shuttle <ul><li>The X-33 is a single stage orbiter that is 1/10 th as costly to send into space as a space shuttle. The project was shut down. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Sources <ul><li>http://www.livescience.com/technology/080520-selfrepairing-aircraft.html </li></ul><ul><li>In a world that is flat communications among people are getting better. This creates new designs and breaks all barriers. </li></ul><ul><li>http://adg.stanford.edu/aa241/intro/futureac.html </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/ResearchHighlights/Timelines/Aircraft/LighterStructures.htm </li></ul>
  13. 13. More on the Horizon <ul><li>No prediction of the future is ever correct but as seen the future of aircraft is a bright one. </li></ul>

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