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Aerospace

SE Aeronautics deploys composite one-piece fuselage, thin-wing airliner concept

Disruptive design said to offer a stronger, more streamlined aircraft that doubles lifespan and lowers fuel consumption by 70%.

Urban Air Mobility

Volocopter raises €200 million in Series D funding round for Volocity eVTOL aircraft

€322 million in cumulative funding has been raised to accelerate the certification of the Volocity aircraft and launch of its first commercial routes.

Defense

GKN Aerospace to begin full-rate composite V-tail production for GA-ASI aircraft

New contract with GA-ASI to support RAF Protector/MQ-9B aircraft production at GKN’s Cowes, U.K., builds on 10-year company relationship.

Aerospace

GKN Aerospace Future Flight Challenge to accelerate sustainable aerospace technologies

Four-year, £125 million ISCF program covers Skybus, Safe Flight and NAPKIN projects, with a focus on electrification, unmanned commercial flight and more sustainable regional aerospace solutions.

Processes

Solvay, Leonardo launch joint research lab for thermoplastic composites

The Solvay Leonardo Joint Research Lab aims to facilitate the broader adoption of thermoplastic composites by the aerospace industry.

Aerospace

Boeing said to be evaluating new twin-aisle program

Aviation Week reports that Boeing is in the early stages of developing a twin-aisle in response to the Airbus A321XLR that will use composite wing and fuselage structures.

Aerospace

Composites and 3D printing could boost Europe's SAT manufacturing capabilities for the 2030s

Clean Sky 2 SAT-AM project targets 4-hour, door-to-door mobility and reduced manufacturing, maintenance costs for 4-19 passenger, Small Air Transport.

Urban Air Mobility

Archer and Fiat Chrysler pursue high-volume, composite eVTOL production

Citing low-cost supply chain and advanced composite material capabilities, FCA will help Archer create its first all-electric airline.

Carbon Fibers

LMS to develop composite fuel gauge for Stratolaunch hypersonic test vehicle

Carbon fiber composite fuel probe and signal conditioner unit will meet Mach 6 aircraft speed and intense flight environment requirements.

Aerospace

Agility Prime completes Joby eVTOL airworthiness evaluation report

The U.S. Air Force’s initiative to accelerate the vertical aircraft market lays the groundwork for the use of Joby’s eVTOL equipment for military missions.

Digital design concepts shape next-generation combat aviation

Design processes that typically take months have been completed in days using BAE Systems' digital twin concept when developing the next-generation Tempest aircraft.

Aerospace

Veelo Technologies enhances composite solid rocket motors for tactical missiles systems

Veelo will incorporate its VeeloVEIL and VeeloSTRIKE composite protection materials to help the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division achieve their weight and performance objectives.

Aerospace

FACC begins EHang 216 flight tests

The successful autonomous aerial vehicle flight test earns an experimental flight permit offered by Austrian aviation authorities for future flight test execution.

Urban Air Mobility

Toray, Joby Aviation finalize long-term carbon fiber supply agreement

Toray carbon fiber materials will be used throughout the eVTOL aircraft structure, propulsion systems and interior components, with hopes to bring it to commercial operation as early as 2023.

Electra.Aero, Aerion develop global mobility solutions with Aerion ConnectTM

The collaboration aims to advance development of urban and regional transportation networks for faster end-to-end journey delivered in a seamless luxury experience. 

Urban Air Mobility

Honeywell brings UAM fuel cell expertise in-house

After setting up a business dedicated to urban air mobility, and opening a dedicated R&D lab, Honeywell has now acquired the assets of fuel cell manufacturer Ballard Unmanned Systems.

Aerospace

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.

Aerospace

Boom brings Collins Aerospace onboard for supersonic nacelles

The collaboration focuses on enhancing performance and sustainability via developed inlet, nacelle and exhaust system technologies for supersonic flight.

Urban Air Mobility

NASA, Wisk partnership accelerates UAM capabilities

The partnership will initially address critical National Campaign safety scenarios, and create a framework for autonomous passenger flight on a national level.

Testing

Unmanned Loyal Wingman aircraft performs low-speed taxi test

Reaching maximum speeds of 16 mph on the ground, the low-speed taxi determined the Loyal Wingman’s runaway independence for its maiden flight later this year.

Thermoplastics

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.

Prepregs

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.

Epoxies

Carbon fiber in pressure vessels for hydrogen

The emerging H2 economy drives tank development for aircraft, ships and gas transport.

ATL/AFP

Victrex, Daher, attain next-gen thermoplastic aircraft panel milestone

The developed panel is a 176-ply laminate, 32-millimeter-thick composite structure and uses Victrex AE 250 PAEK-based thermoplastic composites.   

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