Through its ability to "breathe" air from the atmosphere, SABRE offers a significant reduction in propellant consumption and weight compared to conventional rocket engines that have to carry their own oxygen.
The U.K.-based supplier is working with research group WMG and AGC AeroComposites to develop new composite press-forming processes for automotive and aerospace manufacturers. Patented technology makes it possible to achieve one-minute Takt times for thermoplastic components.
Lighter than traditional metallic wiring, with much higher bandwidths, fiber optic cables are integrated throughout an aircraft in systems that include taxi aid cameras, head-up displays, in-flight entertainment, cockpit systems, and other key components.
Purdue University has developed a new system that allows a 3D printer to produce functioning products with enclosed electronic and motorized components and customized devices such as a computer mouse molded to a user's hand.