Possible aircraft technologies of 2040

July 8, 2014

A rescue UAV custom-printed on-the-fly by an aircraft’s on-board 3D printer (credit: BAE Systems)

Scientists and engineers at BAE Systems have developed concepts for futuristic technologies that could be incorporated in military and civil aircraft of 2040 or earlier:

  • 3D printers so advanced they could print UAVs during a mission;
  • Aircraft parts that can heal themselves in minutes;
  • A new type of long range aircraft which divides into a number of smaller aircraft when it reaches its destination;
  • A directed energy weapon that could engage missiles at the speed of light, destroy them and protect the people below.

Experts at BAE Systems’ Research and Development team at Warton work with the UK’s leading aviation thinkers from universities, government, and a whole range of companies to predict and explore how aircraft engineering might evolve.

BAE Systems | 3D-Printing

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