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“Developed primarily for the new Boeing 777X, this behemoth is wider than the fuselage of a 737 jet and can generate more than 10,000 pounds of thrust.”
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I wrote about this technology and its possible impacts a while back. Here is an article on the topic with a short video that describes the technology in simple terms. (The video in this link started playing automatically with my browser, but I needed to “unmute” the audio.)
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This story illustrates something fairly typical in the world of engineering. Even the most thoughtful solutions to some applications are usually not complete just because no one thinks of all the usage models that are possible. When issues arise, either inadvertently or when deliberately created, there could be enormous costs involved in finding and implementing a solution that best addresses the problem. In too many cases, people, or organizations, respond by trying to cover up their tracks or hacking up a temporary solution, hoping that the problem will just go away. Sometimes the consequences are not good.
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