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Based on your learning, we have seen how the evolution of industry, specifically the introduction of computers into industry, caused a major change in systems safety. As computer controlled robots were introduced into the aircraft manufacturing industry, something had to be done to analyze the possible effects of a software malfunction. If a robot put a weld in the wrong place or the weld wasn\’t done thick enough, it could have disastrous consequences. From this came the Software Hazard Analysis.
Also in the reading, you saw where NASA is making a conscious decision to evolve their systems safety practices as they move forward. As we saw in previous assignments, there were two major losses during the space shuttle program. NASA is now in a move to put a person on Mars at some point in the near future. This increases the risks exponentially over just putting people in orbit or on a space station. They cannot afford to have flaws in the systems they use to make that happen.
Considering the future of the aviation or space industry, what do you think the next shift in systems safety will be? In other words, what area in aviation (including space travel) do you think will cause the next \”new technique\” in systems safety and why?
Classmate post that you need to post comment/ review on:
I think it is possible that we will see a single-pilot or unmanned civilian airliners, but not in the very near future. Even though it has many benefits such as reducing salary, mitigating incidents/accidents caused by human error, I still foresee some problems that can occur inflight such as pilot incapacitate in-flight, system malfunction, less pilot employment.
System and network safety need to be airtight to prevent hacking into the system if unmanned airplanes are to be operated in the future. At the same time, a ground control station will be required to control the unmanned/ aircraft as well. If single-pilot airplanes are to be operated, in the event of pilot incapacitation, having a controller at the ground control station will probably cost the airlines almost the same as having two pilots. A study showed that 70% of passengers expect to travel in an autonomous aircraft in their lifetime. However, only 58% were willing to travel on one within the next decade. Single-pilot or unmanned civilian airlines still have a long way to go considering politics, insurance, etc.