Tecnatom (San Sebastian de Los Reyes, Spain) is featuring its non-destructive testing (NDT) solutions, including robotized ultrasonic systems. Tecnatom's HW-SW technology integrates teaching/probing, scan path generation, post-processing, 3-D simulation, acquisition, evaluation, reporting and control in a single unit. The company provides equipment for aircraft component testing, waterjet through-transmission and pulse-echo (contact and total immersion), immersion tank testing and semi-automatic testing. In spring 2015 Tecnatom says it will set up TecnaLUS, Europe's first industrial laser inspection system for aerospace production. It will provide automated inspection for small and complex geometry parts with the A400M military airlifter, which to date has been manually inspected only. In the U.S., Tecnatom NDT systems are being used by Boeing to assess composite parts for the 787 Dreamliner, and by Spririt AeroSystems (Wichita, Kan.) to inspect composite parts for the Airbus A350 XWB.
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When humans do finally travel to Mars, they will have to be well protected from a less-than-hospitable environment. The suit designed to do the job is already in development at NASA, and it relies heavily on composites.