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Photo gallery of the day: this is how the world’s largest passenger airliner, the Boeing 777X, equipped with folding wingtips, is being tested

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At the recently concluded Farnborough 2022 Air Show, Boeing showed off its giant Boeing 777X airliner. And we are not talking about a banal production aircraft, but about the Flight Test 1 test platform. Insider published a very interesting photo report.

Photo gallery of the day: this is how the world's largest passenger airliner, the Boeing 777X, equipped with folding wingtips, is being tested

The Boeing 777X is the third generation of the successful Boeing 777 family. At the same time, the Boeing 777X is larger (primarily longer) than the 777-200 and 777-300 models.

Photo gallery of the day: this is how the world's largest passenger airliner, the Boeing 777X, equipped with folding wingtips, is being tested

Boeing’s original production plan is to build the 777X-9, which will be the world’s largest twin-engine jet, with a smaller variant, the 777X-8, planned in the future.

Photo gallery of the day: this is how the world's largest passenger airliner, the Boeing 777X, equipped with folding wingtips, is being tested

The company also has plans for a truck version – the 777X-8F – as demand for trucking continues to skyrocket. Qatar Airways will be the first customer and the first delivery of the 777X cargo is expected in 2027.

Photo gallery of the day: this is how the world's largest passenger airliner, the Boeing 777X, equipped with folding wingtips, is being tested

Boeing calls the 777X-9 the largest production passenger aircraft. This title was previously held by the Airbus A380, but it was discontinued in 2019 due to low demand. Emirates, which operates 118 Airbus A380s, was the only carrier to invest heavily in the double deck aircraft.

Photo gallery of the day: this is how the world's largest passenger airliner, the Boeing 777X, equipped with folding wingtips, is being tested

Previously, the Airbus A380 was considered the largest

The Boeing 777X-9 is also the longest commercial airliner ever built at 76.73 meters long. The Boeing 777X is powered by two huge General Electric GE9X engines. The fuselage of a Boeing 737 could easily fit inside one of these engines.

Photo gallery of the day: this is how the world's largest passenger airliner, the Boeing 777X, equipped with folding wingtips, is being tested

According to the manufacturer, the Boeing 777X has a range of 13,500 kilometers, while fuel costs are about 10% less than those of the Boeing 777-300ER.

Photo gallery of the day: this is how the world's largest passenger airliner, the Boeing 777X, equipped with folding wingtips, is being tested

Inside Flight Test 1 there are many tools and special equipment needed for the tests. One of the most important is the water tanks located at the front and rear of the aircraft.

Photo gallery of the day: this is how the world's largest passenger airliner, the Boeing 777X, equipped with folding wingtips, is being tested

According to engineer Edwin Navarro, the tanks help shift the 777X’s center of gravity, which is necessary to analyze the aircraft’s stability. This is required to test the aircraft under certain conditions.

Photo gallery of the day: this is how the world's largest passenger airliner, the Boeing 777X, equipped with folding wingtips, is being tested

Behind the tanks are several rows of seats, similar to those in economy class. They are designed to carry Boeing personnel between test flights. These seats give an idea of ​​what the interior of the production 777X will look like. The aircraft is designed for ten seats abreast in economy class, which will accommodate up to 426 passengers in a two-class configuration – 30 more than in the 777-300ER.

Photo gallery of the day: this is how the world's largest passenger airliner, the Boeing 777X, equipped with folding wingtips, is being tested

The tight layout is typical of today’s 777s, but the 777X has more room, so passengers will have more room.

Photo gallery of the day: this is how the world's largest passenger airliner, the Boeing 777X, equipped with folding wingtips, is being tested

Economy class configuration – as in the competing Airbus A350. It so happened historically that aircraft designers installed nine seats in a row – rare airlines ordered cabins with ten seats in a row.

Photo gallery of the day: this is how the world's largest passenger airliner, the Boeing 777X, equipped with folding wingtips, is being tested

However, Airbus is working on a tighter cabin configuration that would accommodate ten passengers in economy class “without sacrificing seat width.”

Photo gallery of the day: this is how the world's largest passenger airliner, the Boeing 777X, equipped with folding wingtips, is being tested

Boeing installed new windows in the 777X. Boeing claims that they are located higher than in the Airbus A350, and they are 29% larger, which visually makes the aircraft more spacious and, of course, gives passengers a better view. And for the convenience of comparison, one porthole is “taken” from the Airbus A350.

Photo gallery of the day: this is how the world's largest passenger airliner, the Boeing 777X, equipped with folding wingtips, is being tested

Engineers sit in the middle and at the back of the plane during test flights. “This place is affectionately called “The Pit”,” head of testers Wesley Herbert told Insider. Engineers bring their laptops to connect to stations. Their seats are padded, with cup holders and five-point seat belts.

Photo gallery of the day: this is how the world's largest passenger airliner, the Boeing 777X, equipped with folding wingtips, is being tested

Photo gallery of the day: this is how the world's largest passenger airliner, the Boeing 777X, equipped with folding wingtips, is being tested

Many devices and solutions (like orange wiring throughout the cabin) are used exclusively for testing and are not used in production aircraft. Wesley Herbert said that on average, a test flight lasts three to four hours, although it can take up to eight.

Photo gallery of the day: this is how the world's largest passenger airliner, the Boeing 777X, equipped with folding wingtips, is being tested

Photo gallery of the day: this is how the world's largest passenger airliner, the Boeing 777X, equipped with folding wingtips, is being tested

Flight Test 1 is one of four test 777Xs in the company’s fleet. Test pilot James Murrell said that Flight Test 1 had about 1,100 hours of flight time with more than 400 test flights. In all, four 777Xs logged a total of 2,500 flight hours with approximately 800 test flights.

Photo gallery of the day: this is how the world's largest passenger airliner, the Boeing 777X, equipped with folding wingtips, is being tested

Murrell explained that Flight Test 1 serves mainly to check the main parameters of the aircraft – the same folding wingtips, which is a completely new technology.

Photo gallery of the day: this is how the world's largest passenger airliner, the Boeing 777X, equipped with folding wingtips, is being tested

Boeing extended the 777X’s wingspan with folding wingtips to create more lift, which cuts fuel consumption by about 10% and makes the aircraft more efficient.

Photo gallery of the day: this is how the world's largest passenger airliner, the Boeing 777X, equipped with folding wingtips, is being tested

However, the larger wingspan creates compatibility issues with airport infrastructure. In order for aircraft to be accepted at most airports in the world, Boeing came up with folding winglets.

Photo gallery of the day: this is how the world's largest passenger airliner, the Boeing 777X, equipped with folding wingtips, is being tested

With the wings up, the 777X has the same wingspan as a regular Boeing 777.

Photo gallery of the day: this is how the world's largest passenger airliner, the Boeing 777X, equipped with folding wingtips, is being tested

Boeing has come up with several systems that ensure the wingtips are extended before takeoff, Murrell said. “Without it, I won’t be able to fly. The autothrottle will not work, and the alarm will sound in the cab“, – he said.

Photo gallery of the day: this is how the world's largest passenger airliner, the Boeing 777X, equipped with folding wingtips, is being tested

He further explained that the entire system is mechanically locked in the air, so nothing can be changed during the flight. But when the plane lands and decelerates to about 50 knots, the wingtips fold in automatically.

Photo gallery of the day: this is how the world's largest passenger airliner, the Boeing 777X, equipped with folding wingtips, is being tested

In the event of a go-around, the wingtips will still deploy because they only fold when the aircraft is on the ground and only at a certain speed.

Murrell also explained that the wingtips are “easy to use and controlled by a simple switch in the cockpit,” so there will be no hassle for the crew to transition from a conventional 777 to a 777X.

As for the cockpit in general, according to Murrell, the 777X is similar to the 787.

Photo gallery of the day: this is how the world's largest passenger airliner, the Boeing 777X, equipped with folding wingtips, is being tested

Photo gallery of the day: this is how the world's largest passenger airliner, the Boeing 777X, equipped with folding wingtips, is being tested

Both Flight Test 1 and the other 777Xs are operating according to their test schedule. For example, one test specimen has an almost completely assembled interior – it is, accordingly, mainly used for interior testing.

Photo gallery of the day: this is how the world's largest passenger airliner, the Boeing 777X, equipped with folding wingtips, is being tested

Photo gallery of the day: this is how the world's largest passenger airliner, the Boeing 777X, equipped with folding wingtips, is being tested
Photo gallery of the day: this is how the world's largest passenger airliner, the Boeing 777X, equipped with folding wingtips, is being tested

Although the 777X is still in the testing phase, Boeing hopes to have the first delivery of the aircraft by 2025.

Photo gallery of the day: this is how the world's largest passenger airliner, the Boeing 777X, equipped with folding wingtips, is being tested

However, this period is already far beyond the original plan, which envisaged the delivery of the first aircraft in 2020. Moreover, Boeing has suspended production of the 777X until at least the end of 2023.

The move comes after the US Federal Aviation Administration told Boeing that the current certification plan for the 737 MAX 10 and 777X is “outdated and no longer reflects the progress of the program.”

Photo gallery of the day: this is how the world's largest passenger airliner, the Boeing 777X, equipped with folding wingtips, is being tested

Boeing said the 777X production delay would cost a whopping $1.5 billion, but it’s still better than “to produce planes that we may then have to remake“.

Boeing has a contract to supply 115 Boeing 777X to Emirates. And although this is a lot, but in the original plan for 2013, 150 aircraft were listed.

In addition to Emirates, Boeing has seven other 777X customers, such as Qatar Airways and Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific Airways. It is interesting that, at the same time, not a single American company has yet ordered a single 777X.

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Waterproof, durable Gorilla Glass, heart rate and SpO2 sensors, ECG registration for 380 euros. High-quality renders, features and cost of smart watches Google Pixel Watch

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Insider Steve Hemmerstoffer, known on Twitter under the nickname OnLeaks, does not let up: earlier this week he leaked high-quality renders of the Samsung Galaxy S23 and Galaxy S23+ to the Web, today he published renders of the Galaxy A14, and now in a big leak he has brought a large number of high-quality images of Google smartwatches Pixel watch.

Waterproof, durable Gorilla Glass, heart rate and SpO2 sensors, ECG registration for 380 euros.  High-quality renders, features and cost of smart watches Google Pixel Watch

As the insider himself says, these images showcase the Pixel Watch for the first time in all color options and with all strap options. The insider also provides technical details.

Waterproof, durable Gorilla Glass, heart rate and SpO2 sensors, ECG registration for 380 euros.  High-quality renders, features and cost of smart watches Google Pixel Watch

Waterproof, durable Gorilla Glass, heart rate and SpO2 sensors, ECG registration for 380 euros.  High-quality renders, features and cost of smart watches Google Pixel Watch
Waterproof, durable Gorilla Glass, heart rate and SpO2 sensors, ECG registration for 380 euros.  High-quality renders, features and cost of smart watches Google Pixel Watch
Waterproof, durable Gorilla Glass, heart rate and SpO2 sensors, ECG registration for 380 euros.  High-quality renders, features and cost of smart watches Google Pixel Watch

According to him, Pixel Watch will receive water protection (5ATM, so diving with them is undesirable) and tempered glass Gorilla Glass, there will also be a sleep monitoring system, a heart rate sensor, an ECG registration system. Also mentioned is a quick pairing mode with Pixel Buds, an emergency mode with sending an appropriate message to a number of pre-defined favorite contacts, and buyers of the novelty will receive 6 months of access to the Fitbit Premium service as a bonus.

Waterproof, durable Gorilla Glass, heart rate and SpO2 sensors, ECG registration for 380 euros.  High-quality renders, features and cost of smart watches Google Pixel Watch

Waterproof, durable Gorilla Glass, heart rate and SpO2 sensors, ECG registration for 380 euros.  High-quality renders, features and cost of smart watches Google Pixel Watch
Waterproof, durable Gorilla Glass, heart rate and SpO2 sensors, ECG registration for 380 euros.  High-quality renders, features and cost of smart watches Google Pixel Watch
Waterproof, durable Gorilla Glass, heart rate and SpO2 sensors, ECG registration for 380 euros.  High-quality renders, features and cost of smart watches Google Pixel Watch

According to another insider, Roland Quandt, the Pixel Watch will cost 340 pounds in the UK, while in Europe they will ask for 380 euros (for the basic version) or 420 euros (for the version with the LTE modem).

Recall that the official premiere of the Pixel Watch is expected on October 6 at an official event in which Google will also introduce the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro smartphones.

Steve Hemmerstoffer previously posted renders of the Xiaomi 12 and Xiaomi 12 Pro, Samsung Galaxy S21, Sony Xperia XZ4, Google Pixel 4 XL, Huawei Mate 40 Pro, Sony Xperia 10 III prior to their official release, and all of these leaks have subsequently been confirmed.

Previously, Roland Quandt completely declassified the GoPro 9 Black and GoPro 10 Black cameras before their announcement and revealed their exact cost, as well as published accurate renderings of the Nokia G21, Xiaomi Mi A3, Xiaomi Mi 9T, Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 and many other smartphones.

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Attraction of unheard of generosity. US Ryzen 7000 Buyers Get Free 32GB DDR5 Memory

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Attraction of unheard of generosity US Ryzen 7000 Buyers Get

The American retailer Microcenter, which has recently reduced the cost of 12th generation Intel Core processors, has launched a very attractive promotion for everyone who switches to the AMD AM5 platform. The seller offers buyers of Ryzen 7000 processors of the Ryzen 7 and Ryzen 9 series (Ryzen 5 7600X, of course, does not participate in the promotion) DDR5 memory for free.

Attraction of unheard of generosity.  US Ryzen 7000 Buyers Get Free 32GB DDR5 Memory

And we are not talking about some kind of OEM memory, but about a completely branded G.Skill Flare X5 with support for EXPO profiles. The kit consists of two DDR5-5600 modules with a capacity of 16 GB each. The cost of this memory kit, if purchased separately, is $190 in the US.

Attraction of unheard of generosity.  US Ryzen 7000 Buyers Get Free 32GB DDR5 Memory

Interestingly, the promotion provides another bonus: in addition to a free memory kit, you can get a $ 20 discount if you buy a compatible motherboard from the proposed list. In general, the total benefit if you buy the entire platform (motherboard, processor and memory) is $210.

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The US Department of Defense will be the first to receive products on the 18A process from Intel

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Intel said that products based on the 18A process technology will primarily be produced for the needs of the US military.

The US Department of Defense will be the first to receive products on the 18A process from Intel

More specifically, the US Department of Defense will be the first Intel customer to receive the relevant semiconductor solutions. Intel already has a contract worth $250 million, and it does not concern the purchase, but for now only the design and development of next-generation chips. The contract for the purchase of such products will bring Intel much more money.

Process 18A is already being actively developed by Intel. The company claims that it will launch related products in 2024, but this, as we understand it, will not affect consumer solutions. When Core processors on such a technical process will appear on the market is still unknown.

The 18A process itself is difficult to correlate with others, which are described in a more familiar form with nanometers. The name of the process technology indicates 18 angstroms, that is, it is 1.8 nm. Given that the Intel 7 process is actually 10nm and the Intel 4 is actually 7nm, it’s likely that 18A can be loosely called 3nm. On the other hand, for quite some time now, the number of nanometers in the name of the process technology says little, and each company considers it differently.

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