Industry News We’ve partnered with the folks at Composites World to bring you monthly updates in the technical world of carbon fiber. Here’s what’s new this month: SpaceX announces COPV’s role in September rocket explosion Buckles (voids) between carbon composite overwrap and aluminum liner in cryotank led to ignition of super chilled oxygen — will be fixed long-term via COPV design change. Read more… TeXtreme qualified for use in commercial aircraft After several years of simulation and testing TeXtreme within the aerospace market, TeXtreme has been certified and approved for use in commercial aircraft. Read more… University of Utah receives $4 million dollar grant to advance state’s composites industry Through this DOD-OEA grant, an extensive analysis will be undertaken to map Utah’s entire carbon composites supply chain. Read more… Mitsubishi Rayon buys U.S. carbon fiber plant from SGL Group This addition will increase MRC’s carbon fiber output production capacity by 1,000 tons. Read more… CFM LEAP-1C receives FAA, EASA certification CFM LEAP-1C receives FAA, EASA certification The LEAP-1C engine features 3D woven carbon fiber composite fan blades and fan case. Read more… Composites-intensive Scorpion jet completes successful first flight Composites-intensive Scorpion jet completes successful first flight The latest version of the Scorpion incorporates a number of improvements based on target customer feedback as well as results from the extensive flight test program. Read more… More companies join NASA’s Advanced Composites Consortium More companies join NASA’s Advanced Composites Consortium The project’s goal is to reduce product development and certification timelines by 30 percent for composite aircraft. Read more… Vartega, Alchemy Bicycle Co. team up for carbon fiber recycling Alchemy will provide Vartega with its scrap carbon fiber for recycling in Vartega’s chemistry-based recycling process. Read more… U.S. Department of Defense successfully tests composites-intensive drones Originally designed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) engineering students, the Perdix drones are 3D-printed using Kevlar and carbon fiber. Read more… Aeroindustryjobs: Jobs of the month, January 2017 Week of January 4: Aerospace-related job opportunities from Molded Fiber Glass – SD, UTC Aerospace Systems, CEO Inc. and Hexcel. Week of January 10: Aerospace-related job opportunities from Sanders Composites, Toray Composites (America) Inc., CEO Inc., UTC Aerospace Systems and Hexcel.