UK-based industrial technology group Rolls-Royce announced on Wednesday that the prototype power gearbox (PGB) for its new-generation UltraFan jet engine had set a new world aerospace power record. The record was set in the group’s dedicated PGB test facility, in Dahlewitz, near Berlin, in Germany. In the record-setting test, the PGB reached 64 MW (87 000 horsepower). This was enough to power a city the size of Bath, in the UK (which has a population of roughly 89 000). Meanwhile, construction of the PGB for the demonstration UltraFan engine (designated UF001) is continuing, with delivery scheduled for later this year.
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