Around the world, there are many facilities for testing aircraft propulsion systems based on gas-turbine engines. The technology is still advancing, but it is well understood. That is not the case for electric propulsion systems. A wide range of electric drive concepts are being studied for future airliners, but before they can be flown in an aircraft they must be tested on the ground at large scale and high power, to safely wring out any system problems. Aircraft electric propulsion ...


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