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The factory gauntlet is the first stage of systems integration. The first phase, which takes place in doors, will test most, but not all, of the airplane's systems integrated on ZA001. The Flight Test team will look closely at the onboard systems and verify they function as expected. Most of the aircraft's systems will be tested and the aircraft's power will be drawn from ground cart and battery power. The engines and APU will not be turned on during the indoor phase of gauntlet testing.
The second phase of gauntlet testing will see ZA001 moved to the flight line where Dreamliner One will fueled up and run under its own power for the first time. The Hamilton Sundstrand Auxiliary Power Unit in the tail cone of the aircraft will be spooled up and will supply power to the aircraft's systems for continued integration testing. This phase of the gauntlet will also see the twin Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines powered up for the first time as well. This is an incredibly key series of tests that will serve to validate the integrated more electric aircraft systems architecture that is the foundation for the 787.
Originally posted by Zaphod58
reply to post by RichardPrice
I think they're gonna get really close. It's going to depend on how long the gauntlet takes though. If all goes well with the engine tests, then I think they will. They're going to have to work their butts off though to do it.