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OSU, EWI and U-M cofound high-tech manufacturing institute

A consortium of universities, companies and not-for-profit organisations, led by Ohio State University, the Edison Welding Institute and the University of Michigan, has founded the American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute. Based in Detroit, the ALMMII is backed by funding from the US Department of Defense, State of Ohio and consortium members. The Institute is expected to create 10,000 jobs over the next 5 years in Mid-West USA.

Welding Journal, vol.93, no.4. April 2014. p.12.

Teledyne to build NASA's $60 million launch vehicle stage adapter [LVSA]

A 5 year contract from NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) for the design and manufacture of the LVSA for the Space Launch System, has been awarded to Teledyne Brown Engineering, Inc. (Huntsville, AL, USA). Teledyne Brown will be using the MSFC Advanced Welding Facility for component assembly.

Welding Journal, vol.93, no.4. April 2014. p.12.

NanoScience Center develops program to create graphene spray

The NanoScience Center, University of Central Florida (UCF), is working on a cost-effective, large area polymer/graphene sprayable coating for the protection of components against corrosion. The graphene oxide will be formulated in collaboration with Garmor, Inc., a UCF spin-off company. The coating would have extensive applications in the automotive, aerospace, oil and gas, military and medical industries.

Welding Journal, vol.93, no.4. April 2014. p.14.

Anglo-French missile launched

MBDA is to produce a new helicopter-launched anti-ship missile for France and the UK in a deal worth more than £500m. The weapon will be a successor to the in-service AS15TT and Sea Skua designs.

Flight International, 1st April 2014, p.10.

Boeing qualifies AkzoNobel system

AkzoNobel Aerospace Coatings has won Boeing approval for its Aerodur Base Coat/Clear Coat system for use on all Boeing legacy aircraft (737, 747, 767 & 777) under BMS 10-72, as well the Hybrid Laminar Flow areas of 787-9 aircraft under the BMS 10-125 specification.

MRO Network News, 4th April 2014.

Boeing gets star for energy

Boeing is to receive an Energy Star Partner of the Year sustained excellence award from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Boeing is among 16 ENERGY STAR Partners of the Year in the Industrial category for sustained excellence to be honored by the EPA during an awards ceremony on April 29 in Washington, D.C. 'Boeing has earned EPA's highest ENERGY STAR award - the 2014 Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence Award - because of its unwavering commitment to energy efficiency,' said EPA Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe.

MRO Network News, 7th April 2014.

MHI steps up engine company

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries is aiming to strengthen its commercial engine business by consolidating all operations in a new subsidiary, while agreeing co-operation with IHI. The move aims to integrate the commercial engine business to improve production capacity and improve capacity and increase capital strength with external funds. IHI will make low pressure turbine blades.

Aviation Week and Space Technology, 7/14th April 2014, p.14.

Boeing on schedule to deliver world's first all-electric satellites

Boeing says it is on track to deliver the world's first all-electric propulsion satellites in late 2014/early 2015 as key 702SP production milestones are met. Boeing recently completed static qualification testing, verification and assembly of the primary structures for 702SP (Small Platform) inaugural customers, ABS and Eutelsat, with the spacecraft scheduled to be launched as a pair in a stacked configuration. The initial contract was signed in 2012 between Boeing and Satmex. Eutelsat acquired Satmex in January 2014. Boeing is building two pairs of 702SP satellites under a joint four-satellite agreement with ABS and Eutelsat. Production on the 702SP satellites began in 2013, after the spacecraft passed its critical design review.


Nanoparticle based coating increases jet engine life and efficiency

Researchers at University West in Sweden have started using nanoparticles in the heat-insulating surface layer that protects aircraft engine components from high temperatures. This enables operating temperatures to be raised, which leads to increased combustion efficiency, reduced emissions, and decreased fuel consumption. In tests, this increased the service life of the conventional coating by 300%. Their aim is to be able to control the structure of the surface layer in order to increase its service life and insulating capability, and they have used a variety of materials in their work. The research was conducted in close collaboration with aircraft engine manufacturer, GKN Aerospace (formerly Volvo Aero) and Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery. The hope is that the new layer will be used in both aircraft engines and gas turbines within two years.


Textron ties bizav firms

As Textron joins together Cessna and Beechcraft under the newly created Textron Aviation, numerous decisions have still to be made - from which facilities to merge to potential employee layoffs. Textron closed its $1.4bn purchase of Beechcraft on March 14th, ahead of schedule. As originally envisioned, Textron would form one entity from a financial reporting standpoint, although early indications were that the brands would be maintained, and the management of the operations would remain intact. However, that scenario evolved as the transaction was completed, with Scott Ernest, who had been the president and CEO of Cessna, becoming head of Textron Aviation. Beechcraft CEO Bill Boisture, meanwhile left the company following the conclusion of the acquisition. Early appointments show a leadership team that is heavily weighted towards Cessna, with that company providing 11 out of the 14 senior vice presidents and vice presidents.

Aviation Week & Space Technology, 24 Mar. 2014. p.13.

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