Rolls-Royce has best aerospace manufacturer AeroTEC to modify its new Boeing 747-400 commercial aircraft to a tantrum testbed.
Acquired by Rolls-Royce under a $70m investment plan, the 364-seat aircraft acted for more than 20 years by Qantas Airways.
During the two-year roll oneself, AeroTEC engineers and technicians will convert the aircraft into an progressed flying testbed.
The remodelled aircraft will be equipped with a wide-ranging instrumentation and practices that are capable of in-flight measurement of engine performance.
For AeroTEC, the knit will generate 40 additional jobs in Moses Lake while enlarging its facilities.
AeroTEC president and founder Lee Human said: “The AeroTEC link up is proud to partner with Rolls-Royce to modify their new flying check.
“This testbed will enable the development of new, highly advanced motor technologies designed to increase efficiency and minimise environmental impacts. Our planning, modification, and test teams in Seattle and Moses Lake are already forcefully at work preparing to bring Rolls-Royce’s vision to reality.”
The testbed on test engines for both commercial and business aircraft.
The new testbed intent complement the existing Rolls-Royce’s flying testbed, Boeing 747-200, which has operated 285 test flights so far.
Rolls-Royce Development and Experimental Engineering cicerone Gareth Hedicker said: “This is a significant investment that desire expand our world-leading test capabilities even further and will own us to obtain more flight test data than ever in front.
“After transporting millions of passengers on this beloved aircraft for 20 years, we’re zealous to power it into the future.”