SAGE 3 ALPS (Advanced Low Pressure System) successful first flight
The Rolls-Royce composite carbon/titanium (CTi) fan blade for the Advance and UltraFan™ engine designs has taken to the skies for the first time. A set of the CTi fan blades successfully completed a first flight incorporated into a Trent 1000 "donor" engine, on a Rolls-Royce test bed at Tucson, Arizona, USA.
The advance engine design will offer at least 20 per cent less fuel burn and CO₂ emissions than the first generation of Rolls-Royce Trent engine and could be ready for entry into service from 2020. The test is part of the Clean Sky SAGE 3 project aimed at developing fuel-efficient engines.