Rolls-Royce has officially opened Testbed 80, the world’s largest and smartest indoor aerospace testbed, in a ceremony with the Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng, Secretary of State for the Department of Business Energy & Industrial Strategy, in Derby, UK.
The completion of the project is a major milestone after almost three years of construction and a £90m investment. With an internal area of 7,500m2, making it larger than a Premiership football pitch, Testbed 80 was designed with distinctive technologies and systems which are more capable and complex than any of our other testbeds. The testbed conducted its first run on a Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engine at the test facility in Derby, UK earlier this year.
Warren East, Chief Executive, Rolls-Royce, said:
Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng, said:
Testbed 80 will support all three pillars of Rolls Royce’s sustainability strategy. Rolls Royce state:
Part of the new technology development for Testbed 80 has been supported by the ATI’s PACE project, specifically for the UltraFan. Rolls-Royce partnered with MDS Aero Support Corporation of Ottawa, Canada, for the design and construction of the new facility.