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Airbus to test shape-shifting ‘extra performance wing’ By Reuters


© Reuters. FILE PHOTO A Airbus A320neo plane in Colomiers, France. October 17, 2017. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau/File Photo

PARIS (Reuters) – Airbus said on Wednesday it would research an “extra performance wing” capable of changing shape during flight in an effort to secure extra efficiencies and reduce emissions.

Sabine Klauke, chief technical officer of Airbus, said that the company would construct a demonstration unit to evaluate elements such as “gust sensors” and draw conclusions by the middle-of-the-decade.

Airbus’ UK-based eco-wing programme “Wing of Tomorrow”, which prepares for U.S. competition, has this project. Airbus claimed Tuesday that it had assembled the first fully-sized wing prototype.

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