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American firm Qarbon Aerospace launches Helios Ice Protection System

26th Jul 2021

Qarbon Aerospace has launched the Helios Ice Protection System. The system advances aircraft icing protection technology, overcoming challenges that exist with legacy systems. The US-based firm develops complex composite and metallic structural components and assemblies such as fuselages, wings, flight control surfaces, and engine nacelles and...

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US firm Lockheed Martin opens new spacecraft manufacturing facility

22nd Jul 2021

American spacecraft company Lockheed Martin has opened its Spacecraft Test, Assembly and Resource (STAR) Center in Titusville, Florida, US. It features business and digital transformation innovations that will expand manufacturing, assembly and testing capacity for NASA's Orion spacecraft programme and ultimately, future space exploration.

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Germany's Volocopter gets POA, step towards UAM commercialisation

19th Jul 2021

Volocopter, the pioneer of urban air mobility (UAM), has secured Production Organisation Approval (POA) in compliance with the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA Part 21G). With this, the company is also now taking over its long-standing partner in innovation and production, DG Flugzeugbau, a leader in composite aircraft production.

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Camera drone made with US company Hexcel’s C fibre prepregs takes off

12th Jul 2021

A lightweight camera drone, developed using Hexcel HexPly carbon fibre prepregs, has successfully made its maiden flight. The composite drone was developed by students from the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria in Wels with composite materials supplied by Hexcel Neumarkt in Austria. Hexcel is a leader in advanced composites technologies.

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UK’s GKN Aerospace to make Empennage for Deutsche Aircraft

2nd Jul 2021

Deutsche Aircraft, which is building a new 40-seat turbo prop aircraft, is working with GKN Aerospace for the aircraft’s Empennage production. GKN Aerospace, the global tier 1 aerospace supplier, is a leader in aerostructures and is aligned with Deutsche Aircraft in advanced technologies. The aircraft is being developed on the principles of...

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Solvay working with Italian UAM company Novotech on Seagull

2nd Jul 2021

Solvay is collaborating with Italian UAM company Novotech. Through this partnership, Solvay will provide access to its range of thermoset, thermoplastic composites and adhesive materials as well as dedicated technical support to Novotech to help it develop the structure of the hybrid Seagull water landing aircraft second prototype, due to fly late 2021.

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Belgium’s Solvay unveils new adhesive pastes and surfacing technology

1st Jul 2021

Solvay, a science company with technologies impacting daily life, has unveiled AeroPaste 1006, 1009 and 1100 adhesive pastes and BR 179 non-chromate primer. These aerospace adhesive and surfacing technology innovations increase part assembly efficiency and also enable unmatched processing flexibility, making them ideal for ever-increasing production...

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Netherland’s NLR builds largest thermoplastic piece for Clean Sky 2

29th Jun 2021

NLR has built the largest known single thermoplastic piece for bottom half of the fuselage structure for The Clean Sky 2 Multifunctional Fuselage Demonstrator (MFFD), part of the EU’s Clean Sky 2 initiative. Through the Clean Sky 2 initiative, the aerospace industry is looking to transition from aluminium to next-gen carbon-fibre reinforced composites.

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Airbus opens Aerospace Integrated Research and Test Centre in UK

15th Jun 2021

Airbus’ Aerospace Integrated Research and Test Centre (AIRTeC) has recently been launched by Kwasi Kwarteng, UK’s secretary of state for business, energy and industrial strategy in Filton, Bristol. AIRTeC is a £40 million, state-of-the-art research and testing facility jointly funded by the government's ATI programme and European Aerospace company...

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