Europe is progressing toward the demonstration of key more-electric aircraft technologies on an Airbus A320 test bed, now scheduled to fly by the end of 2015 under the Clean Sky public-private research program. The A320 electrical Flight Test Demonstrator (eFTD) will test a high-voltage direct current (HVDC) power supply, an electrically driven environmental control system (ECS), two different types of electrical wing ice protection systems (WIPS) and new laser-based ice sensors. The ...

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