GE Aviation received the largest order from an airline in its history for the GE9X, the world’s largest jet engine, at the Dubai Air Show on Sunday. A flock of 450 new GE9X engines, whose front fan is 11 feet in diameter, will power a fleet of next-generation Boeing 777X aircraft ordered by Emirates, Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways.
The total value of the deal, which also includes service agreements, is $26 billion (list price in U.S. dollars). Emirates alone agreed to purchase 300 GE9X engines, valued at $11 billion, making it the largest order from an airline in GE Aviation’s history.
The GE9X engine, which is still in development, builds on the legacy of the GE90, the world’s most powerful jet engine. The new engines will use advanced parts and materials like 3-D printed fuel nozzles, carbon composite fan blades and heat-resistant ceramic matrix composites inside the high-pressure turbine. The new technologies will make the engine lighter, quieter and more fuel efficient. They will also help reduce emissions.
Troops going out for their morning patrol strap on combat helmets, armored tactical vests and other protective devices to counter the ever-present possibility of injury in hostile territory. Many mount shielded vehicles designed to thwart the devastation wrought by rocket-propelled grenades, mines and the like.
Increasingly, medical and equipment researchers are adding another layer that will help protect future combatants—Big Data. At least two separate projects are collecting reams of information on trauma sustained by improvised explosive devices and other battlefield injuries. The object: to suss out equipment improvements, more effective treatments and better patient outcomes.
Quirky is a design shop on a mission to make inventors out of everyone. Participating in the company’s process is simple: Submit an idea for an invention and let others vote on whether they think it’s useful enough to be funded. These crowdsourced ideas are then made real by Quirky’s manufacturing process, and it’s not long until they’re being stocked on store shelves.
By compiling ideas and sharing them, Quirky is aiming to inspire a cascade of new inventions. GE recently extended its vault of patents to Quirky, and the two have partnered to create a line of products that harnesses the simplicity of the mobile app and the power of the Internet.
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