23 August 2001
23 August 2001
Quantum Technologies has been awarded a major contract by AeroVironment and NASA to design, fabricate, test and supply large advanced hydrogen and oxygen tanks for the next generation Helios fuel cell prototype aircraft.
The Helios fuel cell aircraft is a remotely piloted flying wing prototype for NASA's Environmental Research Aircraft and Sensor Technology (ERAST) project -- demonstrating the capability to carry a payload of scientific instruments and telecommunications relay equipment for the next generation of broadband communications. The unique system to be developed by Quantum is a key enabling technology that will allow Helios to fly continuously for up to 6 months at altitudes up to 60,000 feet. Ultra-light-weight, low permeability, hydrogen and oxygen tanks are critical for achieving the high specific energy and for minimizing reactant gas loss required for the energy storage system.
The Helios prototype is the fourth generation of all-wing aircraft designed and built by AeroVironment at its Design Development Center in Simi Valley, CA, as technology demonstrators for future solar-powered high-altitude aircraft platforms for science and commercial missions. The Helios prototype has a wingspan of 247 feet-longer than the wingspans of the Air Force C-5 military transport (222 feet) or the Boeing 747 commercial jetliner (195 feet) -- the two largest operational aircraft in the United States. The lightweight, electrically powered Helios is constructed mostly of composite materials such as carbon fiber, graphite epoxy, Kevlar, Styrofoam, and a thin, transparent plastic skin.
ZSK will hold its bi-annual technology showcase on 21-22 September 2018 at its Krefeld, Germany, headquarters. The Embroidery Technology Show assembles more than 25 exhibitors from around the world to discuss emerging trends in the embroidery manufacturing industry and demonstrate the latest products produced using techniques such as tailored fibre placement (TFP) or smart textiles.
SGL Carbon and Fraunhofer IGCV have officially opened the Fibre Placement Centre (FPC) at SGL's site in Meitingen, Germany. Compositence, BA Composites and the Chair for Carbon Composites at the Technical University of Munich have also joined the alliance, and Coriolis Group and Cevotec are planning to come on board as partners.
University of Southern Queensland (USQ)’s composites research and development was on display when the Centre for Future Materials (CFM) held its inaugural Open Day.