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Boeing Using Test-787 To Develop New Tech

by Mike Godfrey, Tax-News.com, Washington

27 November 2014


Boeing has begun flight tests as part of the development of more than 25 new aviation technologies.

The latest round of testing is to make use of Boeing's fourth test 787 Dreamliner, ZA004.

The ecoDemonstrator 787 tests include: development of the NASA Airborne Spacing for Terminal Arrival Routes (ASTAR) program to improve landing efficiency; new greenhouse gas sensors; real-time turbulence reports to mitigate turbulence events; instrument landing systems to optimize landings; outer wing access doors made from recycled 787 carbon fiber to reduce material costs and factory waste; and icephobic wing coatings to reduce ice accumulation.

The testing forms part of the company's ecoDemonstrator Program, which is primarily aimed at pioneering new fuel efficiency and noise reduction technology.

In July, the ecoDemonstrator 787 completed flight tests for a new ceramic nozzle to reduce weight and noise, as part of the FAA Continuous Lower Energy, Emissions, and Noise (CLEEN) program – a five-year initiative with costs shared among participants.

In 2015, the ecoDemonstrator Program will test more technologies on a 757, in collaboration with TUI Travel Group and NASA.

TAGS: aviation | United States | research and development

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