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Boeing Uses 20,000 Lbs. of Potatoes To Check Aircraft Wireless Network Signals 104

Posted by Soulskill
from the you-mean-you-don't? dept.
coondoggie writes "Boeing calls it Project SPUDS — or rather, Synthetic Personnel Using Dielectric Substitution — that is, using sacks of potatoes perched on aircraft seats to test the effectiveness of wireless signals in an airliner cabin. Boeing said it was researching an advanced way to test wireless signals in airplanes and needed a way to effectively simulate 200-300 people sitting in seats throughout the aircraft."
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Boeing Uses 20,000 Lbs. of Potatoes To Check Aircraft Wireless Network Signals

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  • by pongo000 (97357) on Wednesday December 19, 2012 @10:45PM (#42344145)

    ...at least back when Boeing had a presence in Wichita, KS in the 80's. They shot dead chickens out of a specially-built canon to simulate windshield strikes. My understanding is that jet engine manufacturers still use chicken canons to fire birds into running jet engines.

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