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Second Virgin supersonic flight
Virgin Galactic has successfully completed the second rocket-powered, supersonic flight of its SpaceShipTwo (SS2) developed by Mojave, California-based Scaled Composites.
Down to new depths with carbon
OceanGate, based in Seattle, Washington, has completed the carbon fibre composite hull design and feasibility study for its next generation manned submersible, the Cyclops, developed with Boeing and theUniversity of Washington.
Success for fuel-free Solar Impulse
A new milestone in the history of aviation was set on July 6 when the Solar Impulse landed at New York?s JFK airport.The landing marked the completion of the composites-intensive plane?s crossing of the USA from the West to East Coast with using a single drop of fuel.
Hexcel prepreg for LEAP-1 engines
Hexcel and Safran have signed a long term contract for the supply of composite materials for LEAP-1 engines developed by CFM International.The contract covers Hexcel?s HexTow IM7 carbon fibre that will be used to manufacture all LEAP-1 engine fan blades and containment cases, including those selected for the Airbus A320,the Boeing 737MAX and the COMAC 919.
Airbus milestone for composites
The first flight of the Airbus A350 XWB will take place tomorrow (Friday June 14th) in Toulose, France at 9am.The extensive application of composites ? comprising 53% of the overall airframe compared to 11% for the established A330 ? means the new plane benefits extensively from their design and manufacturing advances, Airbus says.
Armouring the aircraft
Lockheed Martin has selected LAST lightweight composite armour manufactured by QinetiQ North America (QNA) to protect the US air force?s AC-130J aircraft.
3D printing worth $8.4 billion by 2025
Small production runs of aerospace and automotive components will dominate the future 3D printing market, according to a new report from Lux Research.This will have a value of $8.
Coast to coast for Solar Impulse
Flying the flag for both lightweight composites and solar power, Solar Impulse will set off from California on its US coast-to-coast flight on May 1st.Pilots Bertrand Piccard and Andr? Borschberg, the founders of Solar Impulse, plan to stop in four US cities before reaching New York?s JFK airport in early July.::r
Flax adds finesse to inflatables
The Air Ethic project brings together Paris-headquartered Zodiac Recreational, a leading international inflatable boat designer, and theresearch, innovation and development centre of the Dehondt Group based in Notre Dame de Gravenchon, France, which isspecialised in flax fibre technical developments.
Thermoplastic savings for aerospace
With the aerospace industry focusing on reducing aircraft weight and lean manufacturing, engineers are searching for reliable solutions such as thermoplastic composites that can perform with at least the same assurance as traditional metals and thermosets.
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