Airbus trials new wing designs in technology race with Boeing

July 6, 2023
Airbus plant opening comes as Boeing researches an elongated, ultra-light concept called Transonic Truss-Braced Wings, Joanna Plucinska and Tim Hepher write for Reuters.

FILTON, England - Airbus is stepping up testing of radical new wing technology as the planemaker lays the foundation for a future successor to its best-selling A320 series, but faces a battle to bring down costs, Joanna Plucinska and Tim Hepher write for ReutersContinue reading original article.

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

6 July 2023 - Airbus says that alongside engine optimisation, making wings longer, leaner and lighter is one of the biggest opportunities to improve fuel efficiency, reduce CO2 and ultimately work towards the aviation industry’s ambition to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Airbus Head of Filton site and Wing of Tomorrow program (WoT) Sue Partridge says "The new Wing Technology Development Center will help us to ground our research in practicality. A key element of how we deliver technology for next generation aircraft wings is through Wing of Tomorrow (WoT), our largest research and technology program led by the team in the UK. Last week, we achieved a critical milestone in the program when our second wing demonstrator was completed by the team in Broughton, Wales and delivered to the WTDC. Here it will be prepared for structural testing in our Aerospace Integrated Research and Technology Centre (AIRTeC)."

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