#UAS

SHD, Piran contribute advanced composite capabilities to UAV platforms

SHD Composites has supplied advanced composite materials, and tooling, and Piran its manufacturing capabilities, for projects developed by Prismatic Ltd. and BAE Systems. 

Urban Air Mobility

CAAC announcement accelerates EHang UAM services

The Civil Aviation Administration of China announced the first Unmanned Civil Aviation Experimental Zones (UCAEZs) for the development of an unmanned civil aviation industry. 

Testing

AeroVironment completes successful Sunglider HAPS stratospheric test flight

During the 20-hour test flight, the solar-powered high-altitude pseudo-sattelite (HAPS) surpassed 60,000 feet in altitude and demonstrated broadband mobile connectivity.

Teal Group releases 2020/2021 world civil UAS market profile and forecast

The company’s forecast predicts worldwide civil drone production will more than triple over the next decade despite the pandemic.

Cutting/Kitting

Plasan North America expands composite manufacturing solutions

The company plans to expand and invest in automated cutting technology to go with established prepregging, pultrusion and autoclave cure expertise.

Urban Air Mobility

UAMMI, ElectraFly to make 3D-printed UAM aircraft parts

The Utah Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Initiative and a Utah-based aviation company to 3D-print CFRP parts for urban air mobility aircraft.

Defense

Kanfit coping with COVID-19 and managing growth using Composites 4.0 systems

Bluetooth sensors and AI track parts and tools, save time and suggest production line improvements.

Aerospace

UAMMI selects new executive director

The Utah Advanced Materials & Manufacturing Initiative has selected commercial aerospace industry veteran Dr. Tulinda Larsen for the position.

Wind/Energy

Wind energy: Gale force growth ahead

Columnist Dale Brosius addresses recent accomplishments, forecasts and recycling challenges affecting the wind energy industry — and composites use within it.

Carbon Fibers

JEC World 2020 preview: Biteam

Biteam, a 3D weaving specialist, is featuring a new carbon fiber-based, small, cross-sectioned, profiled, tapered tube reinforcement for producing a stiff and lightweight composite structure.

Consumer

JEC World 2020 preview: COBRA International

COBRA is exhibiting its latest foiling board technology and is presenting its process for recycling and reusing epoxy resin windsurf parts.

Prepregs

Solvay launches epoxy prepreg for aerostructures compression molding

Solvay Composite Materials has launched CYCOM EP2750, a new highly drapable epoxy prepreg designed specifically for the compression molding of high-quality, high-rate, cost-effective primary and secondary aerostructures.

Wind/Energy

The coming decade: Clarity with a strong dose of uncertainty

Columnist Dale Brosius considers the potential and uncertain role of composites in aerospace, automotive and other markets in the coming decade.

Construction

IACMI Winter 2020 Meeting

The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) held its winter meeting in Dayton, Ohio, U.S. January 21-23, updating its membership on the public-private institute's efforts to accelerate composites design and manufacturing.

Aerospace

SAMPE 2020 announces keynote speaker

Airbus Americas Vice President for Research and Technology Amanda Simpson will present on May 5 at SAMPE 2020 in Seattle, Wash., U.S.

Aerospace

Graphene-enhanced prepreg launched for lightning strike protection

Haydale's range of graphene-enhanced prepreg materials utilize functionalized nanomaterials to improve the electrical conductivity in aerospace applications.

Defense

ACMA hosts third transportation and defense policy fly-in

Forty ACMA members met with nearly 100 members of Congress and staff to advance legislation enabling composites usage in the aerospace and automotive sectors.

Design/Simulation

Modeling & Simulation Conference: Desiloing the Design Process

Dassault event challenges industry to break barriers between designers, analysts, manufacturing and business teams.

Defense

Airbus naval unmanned aerial vehicle prototype performs first flight

The next step for the VSR700 unmanned aerial system prototype is free flight testing, moving toward performance trials with the French Navy in 2021.

CAMX Awards, ACE nominees span material, process types

There are two parts competitions at CAMX, the CAMX Awards and ACMA’s Awards in Composites Excellence (ACE).

CAMX Expo

Download today's news from CAMX 2019: Tuesday, Sept. 24

CW is reporting live from CAMX 2019 this week in Anaheim, California. Read today’s show headlines about the keynote speaker from Protolabs and award nominees.

Glass Fibers

COBRA delivers GFRP covers for agricultural UAVs

COBRA’s drone covers use a composite laminate of glass fiber reinforcements combined with epoxy laminating resins in a hand laminated, vacuum bag consolidated production process. 

Aerospace

AeroVironment's HAWK30 achieves first flight

The first successful flight test of the solar-powered HAPS unmanned aircraft system took place on Sept. 11, 2019 at the NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center.

Carbon Fibers

The state of recycled carbon fiber

As the need for carbon fiber rises, can recycling fill the gap?