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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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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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C fibre prepreg of Japan’s Teijin used in aircraft engine nacelle

14th Jun 2021

Teijin’s Tenax carbon fibre prepreg, which has been developed especially for aircraft applications, is being used in part of a nacelle, or streamlined housing, for next generation aircraft engine for Airbus. A prototype of the nacelle part, which Nikkiso Co is producing for Airbus’s Propulsion of Tomorrow project, will be delivered to Airbus by 2021...

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US company Continuous Composites awarded DoD contract

28th May 2021

Continuous Composites, a pioneer in the AM 2.0 industry, has earned a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract from the Department of Defence. The company will use its patented Continuous Fibre 3D Printing (CF3D) manufacturing process for a DoD multifunctional structural composite application through collaboration with AFRL.

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ESA attempts to make spacesuits more hygienic

19th May 2021

A new European Space Agency study is trying to finds ways to keep spacesuits hygienic. Putting on a spacesuit involves sharing some previously-worn underlayers. A long-underwear-like Liquid Cooling and Ventilation Garment (LCVG) is reused by spacewalkers along with the spacesuits themselves. The new study will examine how to keep these items clean.

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US’ Arlington takes over Triumph Group’s composites business

17th May 2021

Arlington Capital Partners, a Washington, DC-based private equity firm, has taken over Triumph Group’s composites business. The acquisition is complete, and the business will operate as Qarbon Aerospace, a leading provider of large, complex structural components and assemblies such as fuselages, wings, flight control surfaces, and engine nacelles.

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Belgium’s Solvay to contribute to Canada's UAM project

10th May 2021

Solvay has become part of the Canadian Advanced Air Mobility Consortium (CAAM), alongside key business partners and global Urban Air Mobility players, to work on the future of transportation in Canada. Urban Air Mobility will play an important role in the future of aviation and by joining CAAM, Solvay will share knowledge and develop a technology...

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