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ANALYSIS: Unshrouding the mystery of open rotors

Ground testing is imminent on the open-rotor engine portion of the European Union’s Clean Sky initiative, with Snecma and partners now putting the finishing touches to assembling the demonstrator. The noise issues that have plagued open-rotor engines in the past appear to have been largely overcome, and the key questions once ground and flight tests are complete will be if, how and when the technology finds its way onto the future aircraft fleet.

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