Boeing is now implementing design modifications to the Dreamliner 787 to correct problems reported last June. Randy Tinseth, vice president, marketing for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, says in a new blog post: “We’ve begun installing the reinforcements on the area within the side-of-body section on Airplane #1 and on the static airframe. We’ve begun installing the reinforcements on the area within the side-of-body section on Airplane #1 and on the static airframe.” He said work will begin soon of other test 787 aircraft. Tinseth did not provide specifics on the nature of the fix.
Photo shows the static airframe for the Dreamliner
A self-propelled robot developed by a team of researchers headed by MIT promises to detect leaks quickly and accurately in gas pipelines, eliminating the likelihood of dangerous explosions. The robot may also be useful in water and petroleum pipe leak detection.
Aerojet Rocketdyne has built and successfully hot-fire tested an entire 3D-printed rocket engine. In other news, NASA's 3D-printed rocket engine injectors survived tests generating a record 20,000 pounds of thrust. Some performed equally well or better than welded parts.
Researchers at MIT's d'Arbeloff Laboratory are developing shoulder- and hip-mounted robotic arms to help workers in aircraft manufacturing perform difficult or complex assembly tasks that would normally require two people.
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