Spike Looks At Self-cleaning Tech for Aircraft De-icing

 - December 11, 2018, 10:58 AM

Under an agreement inked yesterday, supersonic business jet developer (SSBJ) Spike Aerospace is exploring the use of Innovasonic’s self-cleaning technology for aircraft de-icing and wiperless windshields, as well as cleaning aircraft touch screens. California-based Innovasonic is developing PiezoWipe, which it said is an active cleaning using ultrasonic energy produced from a transparent micro-transducer array in glass or film.

“Working with Spike Aerospace gives us an opportunity to develop and deploy our technology in one of the most innovative products on the aerospace market: the supersonic jet,” said Dr. Boris Kobrin, founder and CEO of Innovasonic. PiezoWipe technology has the potential to remove contamination and deposits such as fog and ice on glass components, sensors, and displays, according to Innovasonic.

“The product we develop—quiet supersonic jet—requires innovative solutions in a number of areas of aircraft systems,” said Spike president and CEO Vik Kachoria, Spike president and CEO. “This agreement demonstrates our interest in Innovasonic’s technology and capability to move forward with commercialization efforts.”

Boston-based Spike is developing the 18-passenger S-512 SSBJ, which it expects to meet stringent Stage 5 noise and emissions regulations. It intends to have the S-512 flying by early 2021, with customer deliveries starting in 2023.