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Published: 7/1/2014

Extending robotic NDT to aerospace certification
Automating current manual testing promises increased speed, reduced cost, earlier damage detection and more detailed analysis of damage growth.

Published: 7/1/2014

TAPAS 2: Next steps in thermoplastic aerostructures
The Netherland's-based Thermoplastic Affordable Primary Aircraft Structure (TAPAS) consortium's TAPAS 2 team builds on the successes of TAPAS 1, taking the next steps in aircraft thermoplastic composites architecture.

Published: 7/1/2014

All-composite ROTORwing prototype UAV
Composites enable construction, and handle unique VTOL loads, of unmanned aerial vehicles’ helicopter-to-airplane conversion.

Published: 4/30/2014

Composites carry the Curiosity rover to a safe Mars landing
From launch to touchdown, composites performed in flight and stuck the landing!

Published: 4/30/2014

Don’t call it a blimp!
The builders of this variable-buoyancy craft count on carbon fiber/epoxy trusswork to enable a new era of air transport.

Published: 3/4/2014

Albany Engineered Composites: Weaving the Future in 3-D
This 3-D weaver turned composite component supplier pursues a future in 3-D structures through continuous technology development.

Published: 3/4/2014

AFP/ATL evolution
A view of the trends in automated fiber placement and automated tape laying from inside the supply chain.

Published: 3/4/2014

Thermoplastic composites save weight in rotorcraft aerostructure
This helicopter structure outdoes both metal and thermoset-composite alternatives.

Published: 1/1/2014

Inside a thermoplastic composites hotbed
As production of the A350 XWB ramps up, so does manufacture of the thermoplastic fuselage clips the plane requires. HPC sees how it’s done.

Published: 1/1/2014

Main landing gear doors designed for all contingencies
For the Airbus XWB airliner, they must meet strict structural, aerodynamic, emergency and aesthetic requirements.