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Spirit AeroSystems joins NASA Advanced Composites Consortium

Partnership focuses on advancing composite materials and improving aircraft performance.


WICHITA, Kan. — Spirit AeroSystems is joining NASA’s Advanced Composites Consortium as a Tier-1 member.

The ACC, a public-private partnership focused on advancing composite materials and improving aircraft performance, is managed by the National Institute of Aerospace.

Spirit AeroSystems, a manufacturer of aerostructures for commercial and defence markets, installed one of the world’s largest autoclaves used for curing large composite structures at its Wichita, Kan. plant in 2016 to support rising production levels in composite fuselages.

The company has 35 autoclaves worldwide.

The ACC was established in 2015 to support the Advanced Composites Project, part of the Advanced Air Vehicles Program of NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate. Its goal is to reduce product development and certification timelines by 30%.

Member organizations in the consortium participate in research focused on three areas: prediction of life and strength of composite structures, rapid inspection of composites and manufacturing process and simulation.

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