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Published: 10/11/2016

On Mars, not just any suit will do
NASA seeks impact resistance in next-generation space suit.

Published: 8/10/2016

Taking the hand out of hand layup
Emerging research shows that it’s possible to automate the hand layup process.

Published: 7/7/2016

3D printed composite parts provide solution for UAV
New technology uses long carbon fibers to boost strength and stiffness for small yet high-performance aircraft.

Published: 6/8/2016

Precision design for deployable space structures
Enabling SMAP mission success, unprecedented design requirements were deftly managed using composites in the largest unfurling and rotating reflector to date.

Published: 5/9/2016

Thermoplastic composite wings on the horizon?
OUTCOME, a project under the Clean Sky 2 program, aims to industrialize out-of-autoclave thermoplastic primary aerostructure.

Published: 3/10/2016

Lower cost, less waste: Inline prepreg production
New technologies move direct (fabricator-based) prepregging closer to reality.

Published: 3/8/2016

Solar Impulse 2: Pulse on the future
Not yet through their ‘round the world flight, this superlight solar plane’s airframe-proven materials are already destined for higher callings.

Published: 2/26/2016

GKN leads “STeM” program to successful conclusion
Technical achievements are credited to successful partner collaboration.

Published: 2/18/2016

VBO prepreg on wing structure
GE Aviation scores first use of OOA wing trailing edge on large commercial aircraft.

Published: 2/18/2016

OOA: Thermoplastic alternative targets performance spec
CF/PEEK helicopter driveshaft’s toughness trumps traditional metric.