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Sensor Innovations Driving Future of Aerospace and Defense

  • Report

  • 53 Pages
  • September 2018
  • Region: Global
  • Frost & Sullivan
  • ID: 4629858

Sensors Create Opportunities for Communication, Healthcare, Safety, Warfare, and Design in the A&D Sector

The aerospace and defense industry is influenced today by the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). IIoT is built with sensors, providing enhanced device and application connectivity. Although robotics, Big Data analytics, and predictive analytics play a big role in the aerospace and defense space, sensors are the game changers.

Data generated from all the innovative sensor technologies are combined to give rise to novel enhancements in the aerospace and defense sector – be it commercial and/or the research held in universities. Sensor innovations allow remote, real-time sensing and monitoring along with more detailed detection of information and improved processes in the aerospace and defense sector.

Exchanging information and integrating real-time monitoring via digitization and sensor proliferation.

Distributing the accurate information and resources at the right time based on deep awareness gained through the data collected.

Safety is a key area which will determine the efficiency and usage level of sensors in aerospace and defense. Also, the rising need for sensors that exhibit reliability and resilience under extreme environmental conditions will be a key driving factor for development of rugged sensors in defense and aerospace. MEMS (micro-electromechanical systems), NEMS (nano-electromechanical systems), biosensors, drones, robots, and 3D sensing are key areas of research in sensors for aerospace and defence. Stress sensors, proximity sensors, radar sensors, ultrasonic sensors, and imaging sensors are few of major innovations in the sensors sector which will be beneficial to the build efficient systems such as safety systems.

Also, adopting the IoT (Internet of things) and Big Data will allow creating a sensor network which will have a great impact on the operation of critical systems in aerospace and defence. Smart sensors are a key to the future of aerospace and defense with the emergence of IoT. Also, the adoption of flexible sensors, wireless sensors, and sensor fusion will be high going forward. By leveraging sensor technologies in the aerospace and defense sector, companies obtain numerous boundless opportunities for the growth of smart, efficient, and effective analysis of data generated and enhanced precision in the aerospace and defense sector.

Key Questions Answered in the Technology and Innovation Research Report
1. What is the significance of Sensors in the aerospace and defense sector?
2. What are the technology trends and key enabling technologies?
3. What are the factors that influence technology development and adoption?
4. Who are the key innovations driving sensor developments?
5. What are the future prospects of sensor technology in aerospace and defense?
6. Who are the key players in the aerospace and defense industry?

Table of Contents

1. Executive Summary
1.1 Scope of the Technology and Innovation Research
1.2 Research Methodology
1.3 Research Methodology Explained
1.4 Key Research Findings
2. Technology Landscape--Sensors Impacting Aerospace and Defense Sector
2.1 Sensors in Aerospace and Defense: Then and Now
2.2 Significance of Sensors in the Aerospace and Defense Sector
2.3 Technology Categorization – MEMS, NEMS, Biosensors, 3D Sensing, Remote Sensing, Drones
2.4 Applications Landscape
2.5 Adoption of IoT and Sensor Fusion are Driving Sensor Innovations in the A&D Sector
2.6 Smart Sensors are Key to the Evolution of Sensor Networks
2.7 Reliable Factors Driving Opportunities
2.8 Predictive Analytics and Digital Processing are the Factors Driving Sensor Innovations in Aerospace and Defense
3. Trend and Development Status – Trends, Innovations, and Enabling Technologies in the Aerospace and Defense Sector
3.1 Shear Stress Sensors
3.2 Proximity Sensors Linking Integral Health Monitoring (IHM)
3.3 Surveillance Using Radar
3.4 Multipurpose Functioning and Air Traffic Control Using Radar
3.5 Remote Sensing and Monitoring Using Radar for Mapping
3.6 Non-invasive Ultrasonic Sensor for Fluid Level Detection
3.7 Multi-Function Venturi-based System for the Aerospace Sector
3.8 Hyperspectral Imaging Sensors for Defense and Security
3.9 Magnetic Optical Imaging for Structural Health Monitoring in Aircraft
3.10 Micromachined, Amplified Aerospace Pressure Transducers
3.11 Linear Variable Differential Transformer (LVDT) Position Sensor
3.12 Cooled Polarimetric Imaging Sensor
4. Impact Assessment of Key Factors Influencing Technology Adoption
4.1 Geopolitical Changes, Commercialization and Miniaturization are Key Driving Factors Influencing Adoption
4.2 Precision and Need to Perform in Harsh Environments are Driving Innovations in Sensors in A&D Sector
4.3 Impact of Drivers for Sensors in Aerospace and Defense
4.4 Mitigation of Obsolescence of Hardware and Difficulties in Interfacing of Integrated Systems are Challenges faced in A&D Sector
4.5 Impact of Key Challenges Hindering Adoption
5. Key Implementation Examples
5.1 L3 Strengthens Its Position in ISR
5.2 Northrop Grumman’s Enables Multi-sensor Platform on RQ-4 Global Hawk
5.3 New Sensors Integrated into Global Hawk
5.4 New Sensor Systems Implemented by Northrop Grumman
5.5 Boeing’s Transactions with Aurora Flight Sciences Corp. and Near Earth Autonomy
5.6 Key Players Prominent in Sensors in Aerospace and Defence Industry
6. Patent and Funding Trends and Growth Opportunities
6.1 Global Patent Trend Analysis
6.2 Funding Analysis and Key Focus Areas
6.3 Airbus Moving Forward with Zephyr
6.4 Growth Opportunities for Sensors in Aerospace and Defence
7. Key Industry Contacts
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Companies Mentioned (Partial List)

A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes, but is not limited to:

  • Boeing
  • Northrop Grumman