During the Paris Air Show that ran from June 15-21, possibly one of the world’s largest avionics exhibitions, TE Connectivity showcased electrical interconnect and sensing solutions focused on the future of aviation. Highlighting the “connected” future, TE introduced products that save space and weight in the harsh environments encountered in commercial and military aircraft.
- Distributed Avionics: TE’s expertise in materials science is enabling the development of lighter, faster interconnects. The new interconnects make it possible to distribute avionics throughout the airframe in a mini, modular rack principle (MRP) that makes it easier to achieve significant space and weight savings.
- Electric Green Taxi Systems: TE is working in conjunction with major aerospace companies to perfect systems that allow jets to taxi without the use of the main engines. Using power from the auxiliary power unit to run an electric motor that turns the wheels of the plane, TE’s green taxi systems can potentially save airlines millions of dollars in fuel costs and reduce the environmental impact of commercial airlines by using the main engine only to power the plane during flight.
- In-Flight Entertainment Connectivity: From high-speed copper and fiber optic solutions to new antenna technology, TE is making possible “the connected passenger” experience with connectivity for inflight entertainment (IFE) systems that can deliver streaming video, Internet access and even video games reliably and without interruption.
- Sensor Solutions for Harsh Environments: With the acquisition of Measurement Specialties, TE is one of the largest sensor companies in the world with a broad portfolio of technologies for a wide range of mission critical applications in Aerospace and Defense. TE has developed innovative force sensors which allow aircraft manufacturers to extend the use of composite materials to flight control surfaces and which also enable the move from hydraulic to electro-mechanical actuation.