Despite the surging interest in alternate propulsion, engine-makers agree that the gas turbine still has plenty of life ahead of it. What its future looks like may become clearer in 2018 as advances in adaptive cycles, materials, large-scale additive manufacturing and other technologies shape the future trajectory of commercial and military engines for decades to come. For General Electric, a key highlight of 2018 promises to be initial flight tests of the 105,000-lb.-thrust GE9X, the ...

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