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The top 5 aerospace trends to watch

11/04/2017
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Think of future innovations in aerospace engineering and it’s understandable that your mind might first turn to such fantastic feats as flying cars, re-usable space rockets, deep space exploration and automated military jets. Whilst these are certainly worthwhile engineering endeavours, it’s often more fruitful to look at the more immediate aerospace engineering inventions and innovations that are going to have a big impact on the industry in 2017.

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So, what are the top 5 aerospace trends to watch at present? Read on to see what we’ve picked as the key aerospace advancements to watch:

1. Commercial Electronics Technology

As we move further into 2017, the importance of Commercial Electronics Technology will continue to grow, especially in the area of aviation defence. Whereas traditional technology takes the route from military applications into the commercial sector, the recent huge steps in consumer electronics are increasingly feeding into the defence and military world. An almost total reversal of traditional practice which looks set to accelerate through 2017. As a result, a trend for collaboration between commercial and military technology developments should expand, as components increasingly become ‘dual purpose’, and the defence industry looks to save money and cut costs.

2. Unmanned Systems Advances

The advancements in Unmanned Systems technology also looks set to play a large role in aviation defence during 2017. The way in which unmanned systems interface with their manned counterparts looks to continue moving forwards, as technology develops Capability Multiplication elements over other ways of operating. This progress can be expected in areas of surveillance, navigation, response to variables such as climate and unexpected obstacles as well as direct combat action.

3. Aircraft Health Monitoring Systems

A market expected to be worth $4.71 billion by 2021, Aircraft Health Monitoring Systems are a major trend going forwards. Driven by the need to reduce maintenance time in a competitive market and increase usage time of vehicles, primary areas set to increase in importance include sensors for the monitoring of temperature, position and pressure. A focus will also be placed on noise and sound, which can be used to predict potential incoming problems. With the power requirements of commercial passenger craft expanding hugely, the need to monitor closely an aircraft’s electrical health becomes ever more vital. Companies are also looking to compile definitive data reports for flights that can then be compared with outputs in an attempt to foresee issues.

4. Smallsats

Once the domain of spacecraft, and prohibited for mass use by cost, Smallsats are becoming more readily available thanks to the advances being made within the commercial sector. Cubesats are becoming small enough that they are able to be contained as secondary items. Increased use is regarded as important to security, as the impact of any offensive action can be reduced by sheer volume of numbers.  Recent Nasa reports have also shown plans to use Smallsats for targeted exploration and advances are expected in communication, as optical connectivity with ground stations is advanced and improved.

5. New Markets

Much like any other industry, Aerospace will have to face increasing competition and adjust to emerging and developing markets. Global tensions have led to demand for military and defence items coming from areas such as North Korea, the Middle East and Eastern Europe, with resultant increased spending in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, China and Russia, amongst others. Demand for new and innovative technology will also be strong from countries like America, the UK and France. Joint ventures between companies will become more apparent, as countries look to be dealt with on an individual basis, and information swapping between Aerospace businesses may lead to desired significant technological breakthroughs.
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Will innovation help employment in the aerospace industry?

Industry experts expect to see a return to growth for the aerospace and defence market throughout the remainder of 2017, spurred, at least in part, by the innovations outlined above. A recent report by Accenture adds a further dash of positivity to this analysis, noting that “while there has been some belt-tightening and furloughs at a few companies, production capacity and employment are both relatively stable… and expected to increase throughout 2017.”
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