The first has completed its Power On sequence, moving ever closer to the first flight planned for fourth quarter of this year.
Boeing identifies Power On as a "complex series of tasks and tests that bring electrical power onto the airplane and begin to exercise the use of the electrical systems." The 787 is touted as a "more-electric" airplane, with electronics replacing the pneumatic system.
After a series of tests performed in early June to verify proper installation of wiring in the aircraft, Boeing brought full power into each segment of the plane, starting with the flight deck displays, by way of an external power cart. According to Boeing's press release, the pilot's controls directed the addition of new systems to the power grid. Starting Monday, Boeing will feature an inside look at the Power On testing sequence online.
Last year at Hannover Fair, lots of people were talking about Industry 4.0. This is a concept that seems to have a different name in every region. I’ve been referring to it as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), not to be confused with the plain old Internet of Things (IoT). Others refer to it as the Connected Industry, the smart factory concept, M2M, data extraction, and so on.
Some of the biggest self-assembled building blocks and structures made from engineered DNA have been developed by researchers at Harvard's Wyss Institute. The largest, a hexagonal prism, is one-tenth the size of an average bacterium.
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