Boeing Restarts 787-8 EcoDemonstrator

Boeing has relaunched its ecoDemonstrator programme by testing out a 787-8 containing 25 new technologies.

Boeing has relaunched its ecoDemonstrator programme by testing out a 787-8 containing 25 new technologies.

The first flight took place yesterday (November 17) and the programme will continue over the next few weeks assessing various technologies aimed at improving aircraft fuel efficiency and reducing noise.

The project, launched by the OEM in 2011, will use the latest round of testing to evaluate software and connectivity technologies related to operational efficiency; remote sensors to reduce wiring; aerodynamic and flight control improvements for greater fuel efficiency; and icephobic wing coatings to reduce ice accumulation.

Boeing said it will continue 787 ecoDemonstrator testing early next year, with plans to then enter a 757 into the programme.

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