Support Aviation Safety Program mission of atmospheric hazard mitigation, through improved lightning strike protection of composite aircraft. Contribute to Atmospheric Environment Safety Technologies to ensure safe flight in atmospheric hazards, by fortifying lightning protection of fasteners in critical flight structures. The SansEC sensor traces will also provide a new damage detection capability to assess the structural integrity of aircraft structures and improve upon the methods of evaluation and monitoring of future NASA platforms.
Improved lightning strike protection will also benefit private aircraft, military air vehicles, composite launch vehicles, and ground based wind turbines. Direct Write printed SansEC sensors will provide a damage detection capability benefiting the Air Force Structural Integrity Program (ASIP), optimizing manual inspection cycles, decreasing maintenance costs, and increasing asset availability.