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SKIN OF AN AIRCRAFT AS A MEANS TO DISPLAY DYNAMIC ADVERTS, HARVEST ENERGY AND INCREASE AIRCRAFT COMMUNICATIONS CAPABILITY (SMAEC)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000247883D
Publication Date: 2016-Oct-10
Document File: 4 page(s) / 199K

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Abstract

This document describes an innovative way to use the skin of an aircraft that would enable harvesting of solar energy, communication from/to the aircraft and display of images/videos on the skin of the aircraft according parameters (e.g. A/C parameters).

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SKIN OF AN AIRCRAFT AS A MEANS TO DISPLAY DYNAMIC ADVERTS, HARVEST ENERGY AND INCREASE AIRCRAFT COMMUNICATIONS CAPABILITY (SMAEC)

Background

This document describes an innovative way to use the skin of an aircraft that would enable harvesting of solar energy, communication from/to the aircraft and display of images/videos on the skin of the aircraft according parameters (e.g. A/C parameters).

Currently, the skin of the aircraft is neither used to harvest solar energy nor to communicate from/to the aircraft. It is however used to display static images (generally adverts) usually using paints.

Use of the skin to display images requires painting the aircraft and re painting it when another image has to be displayed. This does not allow the possibility to display videos and does not allow customisation of the images according to the context of the aircraft (e.g. location and/or destination) in a reasonable timeframe (e.g. during a Turn Around Time). Further, the images can only be visible during the day.

In flight, the energy used by an aircraft comes from the fuel (thanks to the engines) and the batteries. On the ground, the aircraft can have an additional source of power when connected to the ground power supply available.

There are several ways to exchange information from/to an aircraft in flight, including VHF, HF, and ACARS (Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System). On the ground, the aircraft can have an additional connection - usually requiring wires - to exchange data between the aircraft and ground based systems. When not connected to the ground, the current solution doesn’t provide high bandwidth communication capability which is more and more required as more and more data need to be exchanged with the aircraft.

This proposal intends to eliminate the cost and time required to update the images on the skin of the aircraft.

Description

The purpose of this proposal is to eliminate the drawbacks of the current method of displaying images on the skin of the aircraft while providing the possibilities to display videos and providing new customization capabilities of the images/videos to be displayed. This can be effected using current sources of energy and communication means but it is proposed to provide an additional source of energy and new communication means to the aircraft that may be used for displaying images, harvesting energy, and/or communication to/from the aircraft.

Figure 1

Referring to Figure 1, the proposal requires a combination of one or several layers (1) at the surface of the aircraft skin that use the most efficient existing technologies with regards to the state of the art and the aircraft environment. These layers enable the display of images/videos and/or the harvesting of solar energy and/or LiFi (Light Fidelity) communication installed on the skin of the aircraft where possible.

To transfer the energy harvested to this network, dedicated pieces of equipment, including software, hardware and wirings...