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Published: 11/1/2013

Compression molding mass out of aircraft interiors
Continuous carbon fiber-reinforced thermoplastic lightweights smoke detector pan and slashes production cycle time.

Published: 9/2/2013

Tooling up for larger launch vehicles
NASA and Janicki Industries demonstrate composites’ cost advantage in tooling for fabrication of 10m/33 ft diameter payload fairing for next-generation launch vehicle.

Published: 7/1/2013

Cutting the cost of integrated composite aerostructures
A unitized all-composite aircraft door concept is realized in one shot with no fasteners.

Published: 7/1/2013

Composites aid connectivity on commercial aircraft
General Dynamics’ triband radome helps LiveTV team overcome transmissivity challenges during development of in-flight broadband services.

Published: 5/1/2013

Building a better tail boom
Out-of-autoclave carbon fiber/thermoplastic demonstrator is a 30 percent lighter drop-in replacement for an existing aluminum design.

Published: 5/1/2013

U.S. crew and cargo candidate takes shape with composites
Crew-capable Dream Chaser to enable ISS transport missions from U.S.

Published: 3/1/2013

Space mission maximized via minimized survivability
CFRP design and manufacturing flexibility prove key in first spacecraft fuel tank designed to disintegrate upon reentry for improved mission efficiency and debris mitigation.

Published: 11/2/2012

Infusion of aerostructures: Doubling down on the details
For this carbon-fiber composite manufacturer, little things make big differences in a not-quite-new but still novel double-bag infusion technique.

Published: 11/1/2012

Carbon is the choice for amphibious LSA floats
Superlight, landing-gear-equipped design gives light sport aircraft builders an option for land and water.

Published: 11/1/2012

Structural health monitoring: Angling for the air
Structural health monitoring (SHM) systems for composite aerostructures have been slow to deliver on their promise, but a system developed by Luna Technologies (Roanoke, Va.) is on a glide path to implementation on in-service aircraft