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Aerospace Engineering Trends you Need to Know

September 26th, 2013

No matter what specific discipline of engineering your education, background, or work experience resides, it pays to keep abreast of current engineering trends. If you aren’t directly involved in the world of aerospace, it makes no difference — new innovations here have applications across engineering as a whole. Here are a few aerospace engineering trends you need to know.

More Elaborate System Software

The system software used by airplanes is becoming more complex and functional, leading to improved two-way communication between planes and ground control. The result of this better communication is smoother landings and takeoffs that use less fuel, saving money for the airlines.

Improved Craft-to-Craft Communication

Better communication is also behind another aerospace engineering trend — this time between the aircraft themselves. Currently being developed for drones and expected to be ported to passenger aircraft shortly, this technology hopes to lessen the risk of mid-air collisions.

Big Data for Airplanes Too

Aircrafts primarily used for surveillance purposes are seeing increased emphasis placed on the extraction and analysis of the data they acquire. These “Big Data for Spy Planes” innovations are primarily the domain of the Department of Defense and their DARPA wing.

The Age of Flying Commuters

Apparently, that craft-to-craft communication technology will be needed soon, as straight out of “The Jetsons,” flying commuter technology is currently in the pipeline at many aircraft manufacturers. This technology is essentially piggybacking on some of the drone engineering currently in practice.

Aerospace Engineering Programs Growing

Education remains a vital aspect of any engineering discipline, and supporting this relative explosion in aeronautic technology innovation is a similar growth in aerospace engineering programs at the University level. Aerospace now ranks as the third most popular engineering discipline for new students.

If these aerospace engineering innovations have inspired you to take a closer look at the field, or maybe you are interested in further your career in one of the other engineering disciplines, talk to the experts at The Talley Group. One of the top engineering staffing companies in the Seattle area, they can help ensure your new career takes flight or an existing career stays aloft.

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