It is undeniable that the Aerospace one is and has been always in the top of cutting-edge Industries, and even being historically linked to the so-called data sciences it has not remained indifferent to the huge Data wave recently happened.
Below, some of the most relevant projects and initiatives proposed in this regard for some of the main actors in this industry in recent times are introduced:
Applications using Boeing predictive analytics give customers a glimpse into the near future; more time to evaluate, plan and manage solutions.
Skywise supports customer’s activity on every aircraft-related aspect of the industry. Integrating disparate data sources and connecting and enabling the complete digital aviation ecosystem to make the data shareable, open and transparent to create value for customers.
SmartForce enables military customers to improve operational readiness, exploiting the rich store of data gathered by military aircraft and helicopters, providing data-driven intelligence whenever and wherever needed. This leads to optimised maintenance practices; maximum fleet availability; better informed, data-driven decision-making; and predictive solutions that reduce workload and costs.
CIMON (Crew Interactive Mobile CompanioN) is a mobile and autonomous assistance system designed to aid astronauts with their everyday tasks on the ISS (International Space Station). The first form of Artificial Intelligence (AI) on an ISS mission. CIMON is an experiment overseen by Space Administration at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in cooperation with Airbus.
Amadeus Airport Operational Data Base holds the schedules for 95% of the world’s airlines, 365 days in advance, so it gives long-term visibility of passenger and traffic. It provides with automatic updates via a live flight information feed, improving data accuracy and traceability and helping to accurately predict costs and revenues for each future turnaround cycle.
Aviatar offers an extensive variety of digital products and services for airlines, MROs, OEMs, and lessors by combining multiple apps in one place. While every single app provides value in its stand-alone version, it is the interplay of those apps, which creates the unique value proposition for the individual user.
Up to now, only data related topics have been addressed in this article. However, data is only one of the fields belonging to digital trends which are currently on the rise and affecting the Aerospace Industry. There are uncountable proposals in this regard every one of them worth to mention. A summary of them has been compelled in the infographic below:
What to expect for the future ?
The progress of digital trends has been extraordinary in recent times. Data related trends can be considered the ones which contribute the most to this progress. Therefore it is difficult to predict what are going to be the next steps, or what the next amazing breakthrough is going to take place in this regard.
However, it might be possible to get a great advance based on a combination of enhancements in more than one discipline instead of a huge development in a single one. Chatbots, for instance, are the combination of Artificial Intelligence, voice recognition and text to voice synthesis.
Imagination has no limits and perhaps the following are waiting for us in the near future:
Maybe there will be embarked computers storing and updating all the mission data in real time, able to answer all the crew inquiries even proposing operation actions to the crew in a proactive way, and all of that managed by voice.
And what about fully automated command and control centres in which all the tactical and strategic decisions will be taken based on big data analysis performed by artificial intelligence?
Taking into consideration the recent developments, and in my humble opinion, this is no matter of science fiction anymore. It can be, literally, the reality of tomorrow.
By the way, ‘science fiction’ can be a source of inspiration in this regard. Just read again three paragraphs above after watching the following images. Do they are familiar to you?