Before Boeing achieved power-on with the first 787, the complex process of bringing the new aircraft to life had been rehearsed many times in a laboratory at Hamilton Sundstrand, supplier of the more-electric airliner’s power systems. The aircraft power system integration facility (APSIF) at Hamilton’s Rockford, Ill., plant is a complete representation of the 787’s electrical systems, from generators to motors, laid out as in the aircraft, with all the actual cabling. A chart on the ...

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