Ivor O’Connor

January 31, 2013

Boeing Should Take Musk’s Offer!

Filed under: Uncategorized — ioconnor @ 1:12 pm

I’m reading https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/elon-musk-boeing-787-battery-fundamentally-unsafe-381627/ and see this quote from Boeing’s chief project engineer Mike Sinnett:

“I design a cell to not fail and then assume it will and the ask the next ‘what-if’ questions,” Sinnett said. “And then I design the batteries that if there is a failure of one cell it won’t propagate to another. And then I assume that I am wrong and that it will propagate to another and then I design the enclosure and the redundancy of the equipment to assume that all the cells are involved and the airplane needs to be able to play through that.”

Kind of like saying “I never make mistakes”. Obviously if Sinnett’s designs are so lofty yet have empirically proven so bad there is a big big problem. Boeing needs a shot of good PR whatever the truth might be. Accepting Musk’s help would go a long ways in that direction. It would put the 787s back in the air in the shortest amount of time possible and give American ingenuity a good name. And it would shine a very bright and lasting spotlight on batteries, engineering, and technology in general. I wish Boeing would reconsider and take the help, whether or not they really need it, and be successful.

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