The team ‘The Zero Heroes’ of TU Delft has won the finals of the Airbus Fly Your Ideas competition. In this competition, 284 student teams from all over the world battled against each other to get the prestigious title of best aerospace-related innovation.
The TU Delft team convinced the jury with their idea for a completely battery-free and wireless sensor system that allows the aircraft to collect vital information about events triggered by the passengers and its crew. Team leader, Sujay Narayana, on the innovative idea of The Zero Heroes: ‘Each aircraft seat has a number of buttons with different functions. For example, with one button you can switch the lights on and off while another button allows you to ask the flight attendant for help. All these buttons are powered by large, heavy cables. Replacing these heavy cables with a wireless system would reduce the mass of an aircraft, make maintenance easier and save fuel.’