Spirit AeroSystems Recognized for Excellence in Composites Manufacturing

September 30 2019

Spirit AeroSystems was recognized this week at the Composites and Advanced Materials Expo (CAMX) with the Award for Composite Excellence (ACE) in Manufacturing: Material and Process Innovation. The CAMX Conference is the largest composites expo in North America.

Spirit received the award for its development of the Advanced Structures Technology and Revolutionary Architecture (ASTRA) demonstrator aircraft panel, which was displayed at the CAMX conference this week in Anaheim, Calif.

The ASTRA demonstrator is a full-scale composite fuselage skin panel that combines advanced manufacturing technologies and revolutionary architecture to cut roughly 30 percent of future composite fuselage costs. Spirit collaborated closely with Toray and A&P Technology on the project. The panel includes Toray's new high-performance composite material (T1100/3960) and A&P's new approach to braided composite fabrics (QISO). By combining these with Spirit's design-for-manufacturing capabilities, the ASTRA demonstrator reduces aircraft fuselage weight by roughly five percent – a massive improvement for aerospace.

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