As a key partner, Spirit aims to contribute its expertise in composite structures technology to support the development of a sustainable future for aviation.
Spirit AeroSystems NASA Sustainable Partnership
Leading the way in composite structures technology, Spirit is committed to affordable and sustainable aviation practices.
The company’s senior vice president, chief technology officer, and chief engineer, Sean Black, expressed enthusiasm about Spirit’s involvement in the HiCAM public-private partnership.
He emphasized the importance of creating composite primary airframe structures that can reduce aviation carbon emissions. Subsequently, help make commercial aviation more environmentally friendly.
Spirit AeroSystems is one of the 14 organizations selected by NASA to receive contracts for the initial development phase of the HiCAM project.
The project’s primary goal is to enhance the production rate and lower the cost of composite structures manufactured in the United States. Further, by utilizing lighter-weight composite airframes, the aviation industry can achieve reduced fuel consumption and emissions.
According to NASA, the organizations awarded contracts will contribute to evaluating and developing high-rate manufacturing concepts. Further focusing on material processing, assembly techniques, inspection, and structural performance.
These efforts will drive advancements in manufacturing rates. Subsequently, contribute to a more sustainable aviation sector.
Hi-Rate Composite Aircraft Manufacturing (HiCAM) project
Following this phase of the project, HiCAM will identify the most promising concepts for further development.
By 2028, a full-scale demonstration of fuselage and wing components will take place. Further, showcasing the progress achieved in the research areas of thermoplastic composites. Subsequently, in resin-infused composites and next-generation thermoset composites.
NASA plans to invest $184 million in the HiCAM project. Subsequently, pending the results of annual federal budget negotiations. Partner organizations are expected to contribute an additional $136 million. Further resulting in a total operating budget of $320 million.
With Spirit AeroSystems’ active involvement in the HiCAM project, the aerospace industry is taking significant strides toward a greener and more sustainable future.
The collaboration between Spirit and NASA holds great promise for developing cutting-edge composite manufacturing techniques that will revolutionize the aviation industry’s environmental impact.
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