This new round of testing, using 787 Dreamliner ZA004, will evaluate software and connectivity technologies related to operational efficiency, remote sensors to reduce wiring, aerodynamic and flight control improvements for greater fuel efficiency, and icephobic wing coatings to reduce ice accumulation.
ecoDemonstrator 787 tests include:
- NASA Airborne Spacing for Terminal Arrival Routes (ASTAR) to improve landing efficiency.
- Greenhouse gas sensors evaluated in collaboration with Japan Airlines and others.
- Real-time turbulence reports generated in collaboration with Delta Air Lines to mitigate moderate or greater turbulence events, resulting in improved flight efficiency and passenger comfort.
- Instrument landing systems for new and older aircraft to optimize landings and reduce fuel use.
- On-Board Wireless Sensor Network and Micro Electro Mechanical Systems microphones to reduce wiring and weight.
- Outer wing access doors made from recycled 787 carbon fiber to reduce material costs and factory waste.
The ecoDemonstrator 787 completed flight tests in July for an acoustic ceramic matrix composite nozzle designed by Boeing to reduce weight and noise. These tests were part of the FAA Continuous Lower Energy, Emissions and Noise (CLEEN) Program.
Supplier partners for ecoDemonstrator 787 technologies and flight tests also include Rolls Royce, Honeywell, Rockwell Collins, General Electric and Panasonic.
In August Boeing and Russell Brands teamed up to recycle excess carbon fiber from 787 Dreamliner production into protective athletic gear.