Clean Sky Eco-Design team meets at Copper Bird<SUP>®</SUP> facility

Hispano-Suiza recently welcomed about 20 partners in the Clean Sky program to its Copper Bird<SUP>®</SUP> test facility in Colombes (near Paris), including representatives of Alenia, Dassault Aviation, Eurocopter, Liebherr Aerospace, Microturbo, Snecma and Thales, along with the German Fraunhöfer research institute.

This was one of the regularly scheduled technical meetings to review advances in Eco-Design, one of six Integrated Technology Demonstrators (ITD) being developed through the Clean Sky program. Eco-Design is dedicated to the validation of electrical architectures in regional and business aircraft, as well as helicopters, and will start operation in 2013.

At the same time, Hispano-Suiza is actively preparing the Copper Bird® test rig for the startup phase of another Clean Sky ITD, Systems for Green Operation. The first tests in this domain are scheduled this year.

Copper Bird® is a test rig designed for the characterization and validation of aircraft electrical networks. It aims to validate the integration of electrical systems and equipment, the quality of the energy generated, the stability of the electrical network and, more generally, demonstrate the maturity of technologies and systems needed for "more electric" aircraft.

Clean Sky is a European Joint Technology Initiative (JTI) that aims to significantly reduce the environmental impact of air transport. Marc Ventre, Safran Executive Vice President, Aerospace Propulsion branch, is Chairman of the Clean Sky steering committee.

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