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UCF in NASA project to make composites for spacecraft

1st Mar 2021

University of Central Florida is working with NASA to develop thin-ply composites to be used in Spacecraft and NASA Missions. Thin-ply composite, made from woven fibres, are as thin as carpenter's measuring tape but strong enough to support satellite payloads, such as solar sails for solar-powered space travel, or serve as supports for large spacecraft.

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Solvay, Vertical Aerospace developing eVTOL aircraft

22nd Feb 2021

Solvay and Vertical Aerospace are collaborating to develop a piloted electric Vertical Take-off and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft, the first flying prototype of which is to test fly in September 2021. Solvay will provide access to its composite and adhesive qualified product portfolio and specialised technical and application support for the project.

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Production of Bye Aerospace's electric eFlyer 2 begins

5th Feb 2021

Production of Bye Aerospace’s two-seat all-electric eFlyer 2 has started. The company has contracted with Composites Universal Group (CUG) to begin assembly of the production eFlyer 2 fuselage, the first major component being assembled. The process of obtaining FAA Part-23 certification for the eFlyer 2 for the professional flight training has also...

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MGR Foamtex’ system effective against SARS-CoV-2

4th Feb 2021

Advanced antimicrobial MGRSafeWall product protection system from MGR Foamtex, which uses Addmaster Biomaster antimicrobial technology, has been successfully tested against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. MGR Foamtex is a leader in design, development and manufacture of advanced passenger upholstery systems for Premium cabin seating.

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Skydio, Arris design lighter robust aircraft structures

19th Jan 2021

Skydio, a US drone manufacturer and leader in autonomous flight technology, and Arris, a leader in advanced manufacturing of high-performance products, have collaborated to design lighter, longer-range, and more robust aircraft structures – starting with the new Skydio X2 drone - using additive molding, Arris's carbon fibre manufacturing technology.

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Electroimpact, Victrex increase TP UDT’s laydown speeds

19th Jan 2021

Electroimpact, a provider of factory automation and tooling solutions, has increased laydown speeds of thermoplastic uni-directional tape (TP UDT) to 4000 inches per minute (IMP), working with Victrex, a leader in high-performance polymer solutions. The company used its enhanced Automated Fibre Placement (AFP) processing technology for the purpose.

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Teledyne CML Composites wins Life Of Programme contract

11th Jan 2021

Teledyne CML Composites has been awarded the “Life Of Programme” contract by Airbus for the supply of composite wing components and assemblies on the A400M Tactical Airlifter. The awarded package of parts includes a range of thermoplastic and pre-preg composite components to be supplied to the Airbus A400M composite wing box assembly line in Bristol.

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SAMC, AVIC Supply, & GKN Aerospace sign JV agreement

8th Jan 2021

COMAC subsidiary, SAMC (Shanghai Aircraft Manufacturing Company), AVIC Supply, and GKN Aerospace have signed a joint venture (JV) agreement last month for the manufacture of composite and metallic aerostructures in Jingjiang, Jiangsu Province, China. This is a milestone in GKN Aerospace’s ambition to grow in the commercial aerospace market within China.

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MIT team develops acoustic fabric, being tested on ISS

31st Dec 2020

Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed an acoustic fabric which is extremely sensitive to vibrations and can detect impact from microscopic high velocity space particles. The fabric is made up of thermally drawn vibration-sensitive fibres, being tested on ISS, that convert mechanical vibration energy into electric energy.

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