ha-ha-guy: All that said, I'm still amazed how Boeing never bothered to ask around and discover all the problems
ha-ha-guy: I feel bad for Boeing. The auto industry learned long ago that a battery supplier is lying whenever his mouth his moving. They all promise you the world and then end up supplying batteries that explode and shower your entire team with nasty chemicals. It's still a very young and immature industry. All that said, I'm still amazed how Boeing never bothered to ask around and discover all the problems. The battery industry just doesn't seem ready to meet the tolerances of jets yet./In 2010 through 2011 it seemed like every week we were suing a different supplier over defective batteries and a different supplier was going bankrupt after losing a lawsuit
Pumpernickel bread: Boeing is apparently willing to risk the lives of passengers in order to make a few extra bucks. They have sacrificed their soul at the altar of the almighty dollar..
theurge14: Batteries? Isn't there wind power available up there?
spawn73: I don't understand the temporary solution. Yeah, put it in a box so a potential fire doesn't spread to the rest of the plane, seems prudent.But does the now contained battery still work when it's in that state of overheating/fire?Why can't they temporarely replace the batteries with nicad ones untill they figure out what the problem is with these ones, no room?
Lunchlady: This is what happen when you outsource to the lowest bidder. Boeing is getting what they deserve with this entire project.
Surpheon: ha-ha-guy: All that said, I'm still amazed how Boeing never bothered to ask around and discover all the problemsBoeing outsourced a bunch of the design and it bit them in the ass. The suits who had a boner for breaking the engineer's union seemed to think that just because the batteries were good for their satellite use they'd be OK on planes. (Sats have a one-time traumatic launch vibration and shock, planes vibrated thousands of hours every year.)Boeing will get over it, and the 787 places them firmly ahead of the competition for a decade. Unless their design work is stolen (entirely possible), this is some awfully valuable education.
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