DEFENSE AND SPACE
Spirit AeroSystems Inc. | October 18, 2021
Spirit AeroSystems Holdings, Inc. [NYSE: SPR] held a grand opening event and ribbon cutting ceremony for its National Defense Prototype Center (NDPC), a joint project with Wichita State University’s National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR). This new research center will significantly expand Spirit’s capabilities and production efficiencies in the defense and space market.
NIAR has been a tremendous partner in the development of the National Defense Prototype Center and enabling Wichita as a center for defense growth, The NDPC provides a secure space for high temperature materials testing, as well as development, prototyping and industrialization capabilities to support Spirit’s growth strategy targeting $1 billion of defense revenue by the mid-2020s.
- Duane Hawkins, Spirit AeroSystems executive vice president; president, Defense and Space.
The research center comes soon after Kansas earned its designation as one of 11 Defense Manufacturing Communities by the Department of Defense (DoD). The Defense Manufacturing Community Support Program will encourage long-term community investments to strengthen national security innovation and expand the capabilities of the defense manufacturing industrial ecosystem.
The National Defense Prototype Center encompasses more than 125,000 square feet of manufacturing and lab space with processing and characterization capabilities, including high temperature testing, furnaces for fabricating and processing materials, multi-method non-destructive inspection, robotic automated fiber placement technology and a large autoclave. The center promotes the capacity to sustain broader and maximum throughput capabilities to support a high-priority national defense program.
The more knowledge that can be generated and disseminated about high temperature materials, the more these materials can be used, optimized, and designed for specific objectives. This leads to reliable and safe products that enable the industry to go further, push faster, and break through current design limitations. Not only is this a first for the state of Kansas, but for the nation in terms of testing capacity at these temperatures.
- John Tomblin, Wichita State’s senior vice president for Industry & Defense Programs and NIAR executive director.
The research center is the first of its kind with the ability to attract new aviation, defense, and space programs with a focus on high-temperature materials, such as hypersonic missiles, that can withstand temperatures of 2,500-5,000°F. The NDPC offers distinctive capabilities and research technology that will spur the development of new high temperature materials and ultra-competitive composites.
About Spirit AeroSystems Inc.
Spirit AeroSystems is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of aerostructures for commercial airplanes, defense platforms, and business/regional jets. With expertise in aluminum and advanced composite manufacturing solutions, the company’s core products include fuselages, integrated wings and wing components, pylons, and nacelles. We are leveraging decades of design and manufacturing expertise to be the most innovative and reliable supplier of military aerostructures, and specialty high-temperature materials, enabling warfighters to execute complex, critical missions. Spirit also serves the aftermarket for commercial and business/regional jets. Headquartered in Wichita, Kansas, Spirit has facilities in the U.S., U.K., France, Malaysia and Morocco.
Volatus Aerospace | October 14, 2020
Volatus Aerospace, is proud to announce its appointment as channel partner for DJI, the world-leading UAV manufacturer. In two agreements, Volatus becomes part of the DJI “Enterprise” distribution network and the first DJI-UTC authorized training centre in Canada. The DJI Enterprise dealership is viewed as an important building block for the growth of Volatus. The overall market penetration and brand strength is certainly a benefit however, the real attraction was the DJI Enterprise focus on what commercial users are actually doing with a drone. DJI engineers focused on how drones were integrated as tools into projects, and committed to support them as they grow and scale. Tapping into the expertise of customers with specific applications, DJI develops and customizes solutions in a way that makes sense for enterprise users. Infrastructure inspections, gas leak detection, powerline inspections, first response, and precision agriculture applications are just a few of the limitless possibilities served by the DJI solutions.
Nashville | August 17, 2020
Last week, on August 12, Nashville International Airport became the first in Tennessee and thirty-fifth in the nation to debut ‘Clear’ biometric identity scanners, providing passengers with an expedited, touchless security screening option. The Clear kiosks utilize iris or fingerprint scans to verify users’ identities and flight information.
Instead of waiting in line to present an identification card and boarding documents, customers can go to a Clear kiosk, which slightly resembles like an old-school payphone, and gaze briefly into the scanner or apply their fingerprint for recognition. It will then display the person’s name and photo as they’re cleared to pass through the checkpoint.