Joby extends Agility Prime contract for eVTOL aircraft delivery

Joby’s contract with the U.S. Air Force is now valued at up to $131 million following a $55 million extension that includes provision of up to nine Joby aircraft, two of which will be delivered to Edwards Air Force Base.

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Orbital Composites licenses AMCM technology 

Additive manufacturing compression molding (AMCM), co-developed with ORNL, combines robotic AM and continuous fiber technologies to revolutionize high-volume composites manufacturing.


ATC Manufacturing selected for NASA's HiCAM project

ATC will provide expertise in thermoplastic composites manufacturing to NASA’s Hi-Rate Composite Aircraft Manufacturing (HiCAM) project.

Urban Air Mobility

NEXX Technologies NTB-500 BMI resin system provides OOA processing

Designed for use in high-temperature composite applications, the NTB-500 BMI resin system from NEXX Technologies is said to be available for use on all fabrics and unidirectional tapes.


Tempest Program receives new funding

Ministry of Defence awards £656 million to BAE Systems for Tempest next-generation combat aircraft program.

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ELIOT Project finds solvolysis best method for aerospace biocomposites recycling

AIMPLAS and TNO study analyzed 12 methods for six different biocomposites. Solvolysis and pyrolysis proved the two most promising alternatives tested in large-scale production at a pilot plant.  


Regent unveils full-scale seaglider mock-up, plans for expansion

Up to 600,000 square feet of new manufacturing and testing space is anticipated to fulfill $8 billion in global orders for the composite, all-electric maritime vehicle.


EcoRudder project to develop thermoplastic composite aircraft rudder

Airbus, EconCore, Fraunhofer and the Technical University of Denmark will produce a potentially recyclable rudder from thermoplastic honeycomb sandwich composites.

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Rock West Composites expands space-grade Strato product line

Rock West Composites is expanding its space-grade Strato product line, including products appropriate for geosynchronous equatorial orbit and deep space applications.


Solvay, GKN Aerospace renew collaboration agreement

Both companies aim to expand the use of thermoplastic composite materials on high-rate aerospace structures.


ZeroAvia and Absolut Hydrogen partner to develop liquid hydrogen refueling infrastructure for aircraft operations

Partnership supports development of LH2-powered aircraft with up to 80 seats by 2027 and robust airport infrastructure.

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Velocity Composites completes first kits from advanced manufacturing facility in Alabama

Full-rate production for GKN Aerospace should begin before next financial year, site will serve as hub for other launch customers as composites grow in wind energy, urban air mobility and electric vehicles.


Airborne, Accudyne partner to provide automated composites solutions worldwide

The two companies have signed an MOA to collaborate on further development of digital automation systems for composites manufacturing in aerospace, renewable energy, future mobility and more.


Airbus to expand A320 assembly capacity in China

A recent industry agreement to open a second line in Tianjin, China is targeted at Airbus’ goal to produce 75 aircraft/month globally in 2026.


RAMPF Composite Solutions receives $2.3 million Canadian government funding

The aerospace company aims to invest in automation and digitization, hire new employees and expand into emerging markets.

Additive Manufacturing

JEC World 2023 preview: DLR/EmpowerAX

DLR's open platform EmpowerAX presents a functionalized, cost-effective composite demo part, made using additive extrusion with short- and continuous fiber-reinforced materials.


Vertical Aerospace announces Design Organisation Approval (DOA)

Issued by the U.K. Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), this marks a step toward Type Certification for the company’s VX4 eVTOL aircraft.


Horizon Aircraft completes wind tunnel transition flight testing

The company anticipates that its Cavorite X5 hybrid eVTOL will be ready for full-scale flight tests in 2025.

Urban Air Mobility

Volocopter completes Bruchsal, Germany production site

The company aims to produce 50+ carbon fiber composites-intensive electric air taxis per year, aiming for first commercial services in 2024.


Norco facility expansion bolsters aerospace, defense project capacity

An additional 10,000 square feet will accommodate increasing demand for the company’s composite services.

Urban Air Mobility

LifePort acquires Aeromatrix Composites advanced materials line 

The aircraft manufacturer solidifies its capability to provide next-generation advanced materials solutions to aerospace and defense customers.

Urban Air Mobility

Carbon fiber Hartzell propeller drives fuel cell-powered Dash 8

Specially designed five-bladed propeller keeps Universal Hydrogen hydrogen-testbed aircraft airborne during a flight in early March 2023, giving support to green technologies.  


DLR project demonstrates hybrid AM process for composites

Latest DLR development in 3D printing combines additive extrusion technologies and AFP to present a new approach for manufacturing complex thermoplastic composite structures.


Radius Engineering supplies NIAR with thermoplastic consolidation workcell 

NIAR ATLAS facility will use the workcell to produce precisely consolidated laminates for thermoplastic aerospace structure process strategy development.  

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