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First Step Taken Towards Future Electric Airliners

Multi-disciplinary Actuation 2015 consortium formed to reduce electricity use of aircraft that doesn't contribute to propulsion.

Published: 14-Feb-2012

Semiconductor firm Microsemi Corp. announced this morning that it would participate in the multi-disciplinary Actuation 2015 consortium with the eventual goal of producing the underpinnings of an all-electric aircraft.

The group is specifically tasked with developing standardized Electro Mechanical Actuators, or EMAs for short, for the aerospace industry. EMAs allow manufacturers to eliminate hydraulic circuits, pumps and reservoirs, reducing the weight and cost of the aircraft as well as the number of parts that could fail.

It’s a three-year effort funded by the European Union.


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