02 December 2002
02 December 2002
When the new Ariane 5 E space rocket lifts itself into the tropical sky over Kourou, French Guyana, the European space program will again be highlighted.
Thanks to its 1,600 tons of thrust, the Ariane 5 E can simultaneously carry several satellites weighing 10 tons in a geostationary orbit to 36,000 km altitude above the earth's surface. In an earth-proximate orbit of 550 km, the launcher can even carry 20 tons. This advanced new generation launcher enables Europe to lower the price per kilograms for satellites by approximately 40 percent.
The fairing, the topmost part of the launcher, performs the vital task of protecting the expensive satellites from aerodynamic, thermal and acoustic loads during the flight stage through the earth's atmosphere. To date, the innovative Swiss company can claim that all 160 payload fairings used have functioned reliably. This is due to Contraves Space AG fairings employing a CFK fabrication system that uses composite fiber-reinforced plastic.
Alvant has been appointed to work on a two-year, £28 million project titled Large Landing Gear of the Future, which aims to deliver a 30% weight reduction and assist the aerospace industry’s drive to reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions.
Hexadrone’s 3D printed Tundra prototype, manufactured by CRP Technology via laser sintering (LS) technology using Windform SP and Windform XT 2.0 carbon composite materials, has won the Red Dot Award 2018 in the drone category.
UK company Norco Composites has invested in a larger spray booth and a new cutting and kitting machine to enable the company to increase productivity in line with growing demand from its marine customers.