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NASA Takes on Aerospace Manufacturing With New Collaborative Partnership

NASA has made an exciting announcement and it may be the start of something big for the aerospace industry. NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland has recently signed a non-exclusive license agreement with Imitec Inc., based in Schenectady, New York. The agreement will allow NASA to assist with the development, manufacturing and distribution of NASA’s resin transfer moldable RTM370 imide ...

GE Gets Serious About Additive Manufacturing

GE has big plans to improve their 3D printing capabilities by acquiring two suppliers of additive manufacturing equipment. The two companies are Arcam AB and SLM Solutions Group AG and GE offered $1.4 billion, $685 million for Arcam and $762 for SLM Solutions. David Joyce, President & CEO of GE Aviation will leading both these businesses. GE is hoping for these businesses to become larger ...

Aurora Flight Sciences Awarded Contract for D8

NASA has awarded the aerospace company, Aurora Flight Sciences a $2.9 million contract to make further progress on its D8 model aircraft. The D8, also known as the “Double Bubble” comes from a concept that was developed by a research team at MIT and seeks to reduce fuel usage and noise emission. The aircraft's initial design was made back in 2009 when Aurora was working on NASA’s N+3 ...

The Largest 3D Printed Object In The World: Headed For The Boeing 777X

The largest 3D printed object in the world has just made its way off the print bed with hopes of improving the Boeing 777 manufacturing process. The tool was manufactured by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) which is charged with applying science and engineering for the U.S. Department of Energy. ORNL has just taken a huge step forward in regard to additive manufacturing and has completely ...

Changing The Face Of The Supply Chain: Airlander 10

The Airlander 10 has just made its maiden flight to test if the unusual design is airworthy and it passed with flying colors. Originally designed for the US military as a reconnaissance and communication system, the project was scrapped when it ran out of funding. The design was then purchased back from the US military by its developers, Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV) where it was repurposed for ...

The Stratolaunch: Another Giant Leap For Mankind

The world's largest airplane is nearing completion and it could have huge implications on the future of aerospace technology and design. Dubbed the Stratolaunch and part of Vulcan Aerospace's "NextSpace" program, it is designed to carry rockets tethered underneath the fuselage to a height of 35,000 feet where the rocket will then be released, fire its engines and launch into orbit. The Stratola...

Lighter, Stronger and Improved Safety: Shape Memory Alloy for Aerospace

New aircraft weren't the only thing featured at the 2016 Farnborough International Air Show, new materials had attendees just as excited. British defense company, QinetiQ unveiled a composite material named Shape Memory Alloy (SMA) and it could drastically improve safety. Woven into a carbon fiber reinforced polymer, SMA's are extremely resilient to impacts from debris or birds while in flight....

Redefining What It Means To Fly: The SABRE Engine and The Skylon

A revolutionary new aircraft has plans to take off to new heights, the Skylon spaceplane is transforming how we look at aviation. Designed by Reaction Engines Limited from the UK, the plane will be able to take off from a standard runway and fly above our atmosphere in low orbit then return to earth, creating a single-stage-to-orbit spaceplane. The Skylon will use the revolutionary rocket ...

Boeing and Airbus facing new hurdles after Fanborough Air Show

The results are in from the Farnborough Air show that took place in Farnborough, UK. Boeing and Airbus both walked away from the event with some new concerns. Boeing experienced a severe lack of new orders and Airbus is facing serious production issues. Airbus outsold Boeing by a large margin, it is worthy to note that Airbus typically makes a bigger impression at Air Shows where they usually ...

Modular Aircraft: Revolutionizing the Global Supply Chain

Think you've seen it all when it comes to aerospace innovation and concepts? Think again. Switzerland's Federal Polytechnic Institute, has set out to revolutionize the way people and cargo travel across the globe. Using inspiration from modular systems, they set out to redefine what it means to travel with their new concept, Clip-Air. Using one large flying wing, like the military aircraft the ...