Spirit AeroSystems (NYSE: SPR) has accepted an invitation to join NASA´s Advanced Composites Consortium (ACC) as a Tier-1 member, the company said.
The ACC is a public-private partnership focused on progressing knowledge about composite materials and improving the performance of future aircraft. The consortium is managed by the National Institute of Aerospace.
The ACC was established in 2015 in support of the Advanced Composites Project, part of the Advanced Air Vehicles Program of NASA´s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate. The project´s goal is to reduce product development and certification timelines by 30 percent for composites used in aerospace applications.
Spirit AeroSystems is one of the largest manufacturers of aerostructures in the world with design and build capabilities for both commercial and defense customers. The company installed one of the world´s largest autoclaves used for curing large composite structures at its Wichita, Kan., facility in 2016 to support increasing production levels in the company´s composite fuselage business and has 35 autoclaves worldwide. Spirit will continue to expand its product development and composite production capabilities in the ACC.