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.
Solvay has signed a ten-year agreement for the supply of composites and adhesives to be used across Bell's military and commercial rotorcraft programmes, including the Bell 429, 407, 505, 525, V-22, and UH-1.
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.
With the aim developing a broader platform for additive manufacturing (AM) technologies, the University of Exeter, UK, and Victrex, have formed a strategic partnership to introduce next-generation polyaryletherketone (PAEK) polymers and composites while improving the performance of the underlying AM processes.