Digitization, as for many other industries, will also play an important role in the aerospace industry in the coming years. It opens up new opportunities to network and flexibilize production around the globe, shorten development cycles, and reduce costs. The flight characteristics of future helicopters and aircraft are determined by engineers on the computer. Industry 4.0 will give greater importance to virtual development processes. In addition, production will be more automated. Traditional maintenance cycles should be a thing of the past due to digitization. Sensors constantly check the condition of the systems and report, for example, when an engine needs to be serviced. They collect the data and make them available to technicians at airports at an early stage so that they can react flexibly.
Digitization opens up possibilities for completely new business models for new services and products. These include, for example, personalized services and information for passengers as well as automated transport systems in the freight industry. Drones can be used to transport goods that are particularly urgently needed. This is already part of everyday life in Ghana. There, Zipline, acompany from California, has built the infrastructure for the use of drones in the healthcare industry. They deliver blood transfusions, medications, and injections to remote locations at a speed of 110 kilometers per hour. A logistics center there supplies 30 drones to a region.
In East Africa, DHL has tested the supply of medication for an island in Lake Victoria for half a year. The Paketcopter covered the flight distance of 60 km in an average of 40 minutes. The aircraft was also tested in Germany and has regularly supplied a pharmacy on the island of Juist from the city of Norden at the coast of the North Sea.
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