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UK’s Airbus announces assembly of first full-size wing prototype

4th Oct 2021

Wing of Tomorrow, a major Airbus research and technology programme, has reached a key milestone with the assembly of its first full-size wing prototype. UK’s Airbus designs, manufactures, and delivers commercial aircraft, helicopters, military transports, satellites, and launch vehicles, and provides data services, for customers on a global scale.

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UK’s GKN Aerospace delivers first FTE for Airbus’ programme

4th Oct 2021

GKN Aerospace has delivered the first Fixed Trailing Edge (FTE) for Airbus’ ‘Wing of tomorrow’ research programme from its global technology centre (GTC) in Bristol. This builds upon the successful production earlier this year of the single piece composite wing spar, one of the challenging wing components produced. GKN Aerospace is an aerospace...

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Kaneka Aerospace unveils partnership with Shanghai Huazheng Composites

31st Aug 2021

Kaneka Aerospace, a wholly owned subsidiary of Kaneka Americas Holding, has announced its partnership with Shanghai Huazheng Composites, to extend its footprint at the growing composites market in China. Kaneka Aerospace is one of the leading manufacturers of specialty high performance composite materials serving a great variety of diverse markets.

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Canada’s Avcorp extends contract with Boeing to supply aircraft parts

27th Aug 2021

Avcorp has announced the signing of a contract extension with Boeing to provide the wheel well fairing assemblies for the Boeing 737MAX. The Canada-based company, Avcorp, designs and builds major airframe structures for some of the leading aircraft companies that include BAE Systems, Boeing, Bombardier, Lockheed Martin, and Subaru Corporation.

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America’s Cabin Management Systems selects Markforged’s 3D printers

25th Aug 2021

Markforged, a leading creator of the integrated metal and carbon fibre additive manufacturing platform, The Digital Forge, has announced that Cabin Management Solutions (CMS), a privately held in-flight cabin management and entertainment systems company headquartered in the US, is utilizing two Markforged X7 industrial carbon fibre 3D printers.

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UK company Gravitilab, NCC working to optimise launch vehicles

23rd Aug 2021

Gravitilab is collaborating with National Composites Centre (NCC), part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, on development of new composite flight structures for its fleet of suborbital launch vehicles. Composite materials are known for low mass and high strength, the features which make them the ideal solution to optimise Gravitilab’s vehicle...

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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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NASA working on solar sail propulsion systems for space missions

20th Jul 2021

NASA is working on new deployable structures and materials technologies for solar sail propulsion systems for future low-cost deep space missions. Just as a sailboat is powered by wind in a sail, solar sails use the pressure of sunlight for propulsion. Data obtained from NASA’s ACS3 mission will help develop future larger-scale composite solar sail...

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