ACTUATION2015 simultaneously addresses the development and validation of standardised, modular and pooled EMA for all airframe systems. To achieve this ambitious objective, ACTUATION2015 gathers a critical mass of expertise in a wide range of skills (Component suppliers, Actuator suppliers, Actuation system supplier, A/C manufacturers, and Certification Authorities) and, especially for standardisation, the main stakeholders in the field.

The ACTUATION2015 Consortium has been drawn up in this spirit and the consortium gathers 54 partners. Goodrich Actuation Systems SAS, a UTC Aerospace  Systems Company is coordinating the project.

The consortium includes:

  • The main European players in actuator and component suppliers
  • The main European players of the Business, Regional and Commercial aircraft industry and the Helicopter industry
  • European Standardisation authorities (CEN)
  • R&T and test centres from all over Europe, with international reputation in aircraft equipment development (design, analysis, manufacturing, test), with past and recognized experience on many aircraft programs (A350, F7X, etc.) for the above key European players
  • Universities from several European countries, each of them internationally recognized for the quality of their scientific work, in the field of electric actuation standardisation. Several of them have long-term relationship with both aircraft manufacturers and equipment providers, which means a strong pre-existing confidence.
  • SMEs – ten SMEs work in ACTUATION2015 and cover a wide range of activities (software, manufacturing and assembly, R&T and test centres, R&T project support)


ACTUATION2015 consortium



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Organizational Activities

On May 1st, 2011, the three Safran subsidiaries Messier-Dowty, Messier-Bugatti and Messier Services merged to form Messier-Bugatti-Dowty, creating a world leader in aircraft landing systems and on-ground movement.
In combining three highly complementary organizations, Messier-Bugatti-Dowty will be able provide customers with an expanded portfolio of integrated landing systems and associated equipment and services required for the aircraft industry of tomorrow.
Messier-Bugatti-Dowty comprises four divisions:
Landing Gear and Systems Integration
Wheels & Brakes
Systems Equipment
Company capabilities encompass the full life cycle of our products, ranging from design and manufacture to in-service support, repair and overhaul.
Messier-Bugatti-Dowty is a partner to 33 leading commercial, military, business and regional airframers, and supports more than 22 000 aircraft making over 35 000 landings every day. The company employs 6 500 staff working in locations across Europe, North America and Asia.

Role in the Project

Messier-Bugatti-Dowty is one of the 53 partners made up of industrial and aerospace companies and universities.  MBD has a leadership role in sub-project-5 for modules integration and shall use three sub-modules to develop & test an Main Landing Gear retract actuator. Messier-Bugatti-Dowty Systems and Equipment Division (MBD/SE) shall involve in supply of the actuator and Messier-Bugatti-Dowty /Landing Gear Integration Systems Division (MBD/LGSI) shall support the integration and testing work defined under WP 5.

MBD will deliver standards and modularized main landing gear EMA design, Retraction actuator (RA) as a product, Unlock (ULA) and door actuator (DA) as a product in a virtual design platform, virtual tools and methods ready to use the technology needed for next generation electrical landing gear to develop the All-Electric Aircraft.

The measurable objectives targeted with this new generation of main landing gear actuation systems for MBD are to achieve 30% reduction on both acquisition and maintenance cost at EMA level, achieve a 30% Reliability improvement at EMA level, achieve maximum possible weight saving for Retract Actuator, Unlock Actuator and Door Actuator.

The new mature main landing gear actuation technologies will utilized improved sensor technologies, new control and power management techniques, standardised and enhanced Health and Usage Monitoring, Common standards and Shop Replaceable Units (SRU) or Line Replaceable Units (LRU) like Motors, sensors, Power Drive Electronics (PDE), power drive systems etc., and for certification purpose the qualification methods and component database.

Key Personnel