NASA and aerospace giants join forces to develop lightweight composites

The new Advanced Composites Consortium has been formed to improve composite materials research and certification.

Included in the group are NASA's Advanced Composites Project, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), General Electric Aviation, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, Boeing Research & Technology, a team from United Technologies Corporation led by its subsidiary Pratt & Whitney and the US National Institute of Aerospace (NIA).

Transforming aviation

‘NASA is committed to transforming aviation through cutting edge research and development,’ said Jaiwon Shin, associate administrator for NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate in Washington. ‘This partnership will help bring better composite materials into use more quickly, and help maintain American leadership in aviation manufacturing.’

NASA formed the consortium in support of the Advanced Composites Project, which is part of the Advanced Air Vehicles Program in the agency’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate. The project’s goal is to reduce product development and certification timelines by 30% for composites infused into aeronautics applications.