Ultralight Assemblies for Powered Flight

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  • Author: Tibor Urbanek

In the aerospace industry, every ounce of weight contributes to the amount of fuel needed to keep airborne. For a commercial airliner, the cost of fuel is well over half of the total running costs. Over the full lifetime of a plane, even the smallest component represents thousands of US dollars of operational expenditure. Along with the financial cost,there is an environmental cost to consider, which is also directly related to the total weight.

Many aircraft manufacturers are now turning to optical interconnect to reduce the amount of copper cable used and the size, space and weight needed for the complex wiring looms. The development of higher density connectors that replace metal casings with plastic housings is also geared towards reducing the overall weight of interconnections.

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