New technologies in aerospace are constantly being built, tested, approved and launched. For example in 2019, Virgin Orbit launched LauncherOne, outfitting a Boeing 747 to launch the 70ft long rocket from its left wing into outer space. The rocket successfully entered space and the plane returned back to solid ground to fly again another day. This is just one example of an aerospace technology that used boundary scan technology to test equipment and materials prior to launch.
In 2018, the boundary scan industry was estimated to be worth 1.3 billion dollars and has continued to rise. Due to the affordability of the technology and high demand for new equipment, boundary scan will only continue to grow as it continues to be applied to various projects in the aerospace field. 2020 saw the first unmanned cargo plane take to the sky being piloted remotely with the US company Reliable Robotics. Internationally, the Netherlands’ Delft Technical University flew a subscale eco-friendly model of a plane called The Flying-V. No matter where in the world advances are being made, speed is necessary both for the finished product and for the engineers who are building the pieces.
In the past, aerospace companies worldwide have spent millions if not billions of dollars on a few projects as they attempt to reach new frontiers. However, advancements like LauncherOne have shown that costs can be significantly cut through using boundary scan test software. The flexibility of boundary scan testing means that it can be used throughout the entire process of construction, scanning, and testing. The ability to be embedded within the circuit boards and other design components allows for multi-layered construction. Engineers are able to have confidence in the products they design and produce at each stage.
When it comes to finding the right solution, boundary scan technology offers everything a company needs to successfully test their products. Affordable, versatile, and evolving products to meet demands, boundary scan technology is the way to go. As aerospace technology continues to reach new heights, boundary scan technology will be waiting on the ground, being used for the next innovation to come out of this evolving field.