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Old 12-19-2012, 05:44 PM
 
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Well if you're Boeing you call it Project SPUDS (Synthetic Personnel Using Dielectric Substitution).

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Boeing said it was researching an advanced way to test wireless signals in airplane and needed a way to effectively simulate say 200-300 people sitting in seats throughout the aircraft.

"Initially using a de-commissioned airplane, the team from Boeing Test & Evaluation laboratories conducted a series of such tests. The team determined that potatoes were ideal stand-ins for passengers, given their similar physical interactions with electronic signal properties. Much of the testing was conducted on the grounded airplane with the seats filled with 20,000 pounds of potato sacks.
Boeing uses 20,000 lbs. of potatoes to check aircraft wireless network signals
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Old 12-19-2012, 09:20 PM
 
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