We do know that the Boeing 787 Dreamliner did runs into battery and electrical issues recently, but that does not detract from the fact that Boeing’s latest attempt at a commercial jet is chock-full of technology, ranging from windows that sport an electrical dimming system to a drastic reduction in engine noise as well as the use of accelerometers to counteract turbulence, the 787 Dreamliner is meant to fly like a dream. Well, all of the technology crammed into the 787 would certainly need some sort of data logs so that engineers can have a record to refer to if something goes wrong, right?
It seems that the amount of data produced by the 787 each flight is not small at all. We are talking about an average of slightly more than 500GB worth of data per flight, which means airlines’ IT departments will need to make the necessary provisions to make sure that they can handle the massive amounts of data being sent back to base with each flight. Will airlines end up as mini data centers of their own eventually?