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Self-healing aircraft coming within 30 years

Posted on Monday, 7 July, 2014 | Comment icon 25 comments

What will aircraft be like in another three decades ? Image Credit: RAF/MoD
A host of technologies currently relegated to science fiction could become a reality within a few years.
Defense giant BAE Systems has revealed a number of new technology concepts that represent "the ultimate adaptable taskforce" and that could revolutionize warfare within the coming decades.

Among them are aircraft with the ability to automatically 'heal' any damage sustained while on a mission and 'Transformer' aircraft that are able to split apart in to several independent vehicles.

The researchers also unveiled a concept for a 3D printer that can be carried aboard a plane and used to produce and launch specially tailored drones in the middle of a mission. Plans to build a special laser weapon capable of shooting down missiles in flight are also being considered.

"Of course we don't know exactly what sorts of aircraft technologies will be used in 2040 with any certainty, but it's great to be able to show the public some concepts that might be possible through projecting where today's technology could get to," said engineering manager Nick Colosimo.

Source: Telegraph | Comments (25)

Tags: Transformers, Aircraft, Self-healing

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #16 Posted by WoIverine on 8 July, 2014, 1:41
. (spot the difference....) . Haha, good catch.
Comment icon #17 Posted by qxcontinuum on 8 July, 2014, 3:29
Madness human society. Instead of building peace they build war devices.
Comment icon #18 Posted by coolguy on 8 July, 2014, 6:12
Iam sure they have this tecnolgy allready very cool
Comment icon #19 Posted by mxcx on 9 July, 2014, 23:16
Yay, more money wasted on more ways to fight one another. We should only be so proud!
Comment icon #20 Posted by Silent Trinity on 14 July, 2014, 10:00
Sounds the stuff of science fiction! I can see how it WOULD be possible to have this kind of 'self-service' platform, but in reality, I don't think it will ever come to be in such a fantastical format as this anyway lol. There is always the crushing reality of defense budgets etc that seem to destroy these plans before they ever get off the drawing board. Would be a great, but beyond the black ops / secret testing which I suspect this has already been subject to, I don't think we are going to see this become mainstream technology. Perhaps a little cynical I admit, but seen it happen too many t... [More]
Comment icon #21 Posted by RaymondEternal on 4 August, 2014, 13:18
When do this insanity stop?!?
Comment icon #22 Posted by maryport on 11 October, 2014, 14:00
what about self healing a human being, how fars thatv technology away
Comment icon #23 Posted by ZOD on 11 October, 2014, 14:36
....humans do heal themselves if the damage isn't too bad.
Comment icon #24 Posted by Sundew on 12 October, 2014, 13:20
When do this insanity stop?!? Ever watch Babylon 5? Sheridan: "How will this end?" Kosh: "In fire." Problem is not one of technology but one innate in humans: "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?" Jeremiah 17:9 Though war can be fought for noble reasons more often it is evil men playing with nasty toys and a lot of innocents being hurt or killed.
Comment icon #25 Posted by Mr Supertypo on 13 October, 2014, 9:09
I love this self healing tech. Imagine this applied on a commercial air-liner, something goes wrong...the airplane instead going down (killing all the passenger) it self heal, and resume normal flight. Wonderful :-)

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