25 June 2004
25 June 2004
Boeing and the Renault Formula 1 racing team signed a memorandum of understanding to investigate technology collaboration projects of mutual interest.
Under this agreement, technologists in Boeing Phantom Works, the company’s advanced research-and-development unit, and the Renault F1 Team have begun discussing possible collaboration on a number of advanced design and manufacturing technologies.
“Boeing Phantom Works has been entering into research relationships around the world as part of our effort to find new technologies and processes for improving aerospace products and services,” said Miller Adams, vice president of Boeing Technology Ventures, a unit of Phantom Works. “There are interesting similarities between the technologies required to develop Formula 1 racing cars and aerospace products.”
“Formula 1 is the ideal proving ground for leading-edge technologies, and we believe that this relationship will make a valuable contribution to meeting our performance objectives, as well as theirs,” said Bob Bell, Renault F1 Team technical director. “Within the team, we are excited at the prospect of collaborating on innovative research programs with Boeing, and look forward to exploiting the natural synergies between the aerospace industry and Formula 1.”
Thai Flight Training (TFT), a subsidiary of Thai Airways, recently ordered an Airbus A320 door trainer from Spatial Composite Solutions.
NTPT is collaborating with the Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne - Swiss Centre of Technology (EPFL) and other partners to research discontinuous fibre composite tubes for high performance applications.
Gulf Aviation Academy (GAA) recently ordered a Boeing 787 door trainer from Spatial Composite Solutions, complete with Spatial’s virtual slide trainer.