NASA working on bug-proof airplane wings

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  1. MSYgirl

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    Like most agencies, NASA is always looking for a way to combat bugs, or problems, in its systems. Sometimes those bugs are actually bugs — tiny insects that go splat on flying craft. All those insect guts stuck to the outsides of planes and other vehicles can be a literal drag, increasing fuel consumption and pollutants.

    In an effort to combat the problem, researchers at NASA — called the 'bug team' — recently tested coatings to reduce the amount of insect contamination on the wings of commercial airplanes. An effective coating — sort of like Teflon for bug guts — could reduce the amount of bugs that stick on the plane, which could lead to lower flight costs.

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    There will be a big aftermarket if someone can commercialize it for the motorcycle market.
     
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    And how much additional weight will the bug coatings themselves add to the aircraft? That too has to be figured in to make them prove that the weight loss sans insects makes a difference.
     
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