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Airbus ASCEND program to explore liquid hydrogen and superconductivity for zero-emission aircraft

Cryogenic hydrogen as cold source for lightweight, low-electrical loss powertrain, with composite materials as possible insulation.

Airbus PERIOD project to pioneer satellite factory in space

PERIOD consortium to prepare concept for in-orbit demonstrator for satellite assembly and manufacturing in space, with potential for composite materials. 

Compression Molding

IIAMS wing box road map to certification

Airbus DS uses Clean Sky demonstrators as part of broad strategy to ready next-gen aircraft technology for flight.

Aerospace

The evolution of the commercial aerospace landscape

Following the grounding of the 737 and the downturn caused by the pandemic, Boeing finds itself a distant second to Airbus. What should it do?

Aerospace

Airbus updates A320, A220 production rates

Market environment responses will see current A320 and A220 production rate plans slowly ramp up as 2021 progresses. Airbus expects the commercial aircraft market to return to pre-COVID-19 levels by 2023-2025.

Aerospace

Airbus releases 2020 orders and deliveries

The company reports 383 new orders and 566 deliveries in 2020 across all market segments.

Defense

Airbus awards A400M supply contract to Teledyne CML Composites

The contract includes thermoplastic composite wing components, in line with Teledyne CML Composites’ recent investments in thermoplastics processing.

Aerospace

EcoPulse hybrid aircraft demonstrator completes Preliminary Design Review

PDR completion paves the way toward validating the project’s feasibility and firming up the architecture for a first flight scheduled in 2022.

Aerospace

Airbus delivers first A400M to the Belgian Air Force

Despite challenges caused by the pandemic, Airbus’ teams have achieved all 10 aircraft deliveries scheduled this year, bringing the A400M global fleet in operation to 98 aircraft.

Carbon Fibers

Airbus qualifies Europe's first 5-meter deployable reflector for radar satellites

The unfurlable, parabolic, composite reflector offers significant advantages in satellite deployment and marks Airbus’s entry into the market for cost-effective and small radar missions and constellations. 

Pratt & Whitney to produce advanced metal and CMC turbine airfoils in North Carolina

New 1 million-square-foot production facility follows CMC R&D center and publicized strategy for next-gen engines.

Automotive

The markets: Pressure vessels (2021)

Demand for composite pressure vessels for storage of natural gas and hydrogen is expected to increase substantially over the next decade as OEMs and governments look for ways to reduce vehicle emissions.

Defense

Airbus concludes Zephyr HAPS flight test campaign

The composites-intensive Zephyr HAPS satellite is a stratospheric unmanned aerial system, which, with this recently successful flight test, is one step closer to providing local satellite-like services.

Design/Simulation

Testia releases multi-method acquisition system for NDT inspection methods

Multi-method UE1 Box, phased array U32 Box and SKD architecture improve activity efficiency and meets technical specifications on a flexible, cost-effective platform.

Carbon Fibers

The markets: Aerospace (2021)

The coronavirus pandemic, a once-in-a-millennia global catastrophe, has depressed commercial air travel in unprecedented and disastrous ways. Implications start with the airlines themselves and trickle down to major airframers and the entire tier structure of the aerospace supply chain.

Prepregs

AFP tow steering comes of age, Part 1: Current state

It used to be enough that AFP systems could precisely and quickly place and cut multiple tows to build complex aerostructures. Now, fabricators need those tows steered, and the tighter the radius, the better.

Thermoplastics

Hybrid, large-format additive tooling: Lighter, faster, less costly molds for big parts

Additively manufactured cores, CFRP face skins produce large tools for prototype, low-volume aerostructure parts.

Aerospace

FACC delivers first entrance area for A320 Airspace cabin

The delivery coincides with serial production ramp-up of the cabin components, which comprises the entire lining of the entrance and door area in the front, middle and rear sections of the aircraft. 

Aerospace

Spirit AeroSystems reports third quarter earnings

Although Spirit’s revenues declined 58% in the quarter compared to third quarter 2019, CEO Tom Gentile says the company anticipates steady growth going forward as the 737 MAX returns to service.

Spirit AeroSystems completes Bombardier acquisition

Spirit pays $865 million for Bombardier’s Belfast, Northern Ireland, plant, plus others. The Belfast facility fabricates the infused composite wings for the Airbus A220 single-aisle aircraft.

Aerospace

Airbus delivers first U.S.-assembled A220

The built and delivered aircraft from the company’s Mobile, Alabama, facility indicates Airbus’ growing industrial footprint in North American markets.

ATL/AFP

Moving forward on the Multifunctional Fuselage Demonstrator (MFFD)

Clean Sky 2’s MFFD program continues to move toward its goal of delivering a welded, thermoplastic composite fuselage demonstrator using next-generation manufacturing processes.

Epoxies

Episode 34: Carmelo Lo Faro, Solvay Composite Materials

Carmelo Lo Faro, president of Solvay Composite Materials, talks about how he sees aerocomposites evolving in the time of COVID-19, the rise of computational power to evolve composites use, the prospects for increased composites use in the automotive market, and the increasing importance of education in the composites industry.

MTU Aero Engines highlights potential hydrogen applications

Since the industry’s move toward emission-free aviation, the German engine manufacturer has been developing three additional concepts for hydrogen application. 

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