Airbus opens UK test center
Airbus says that its Aerospace Integrated Research and Test Centre (AIRTeC) has been officially opened in Bristol, UK.
The £40 million, 10,000m2 research and testing facility will cover the structural testing of large-scale aircraft assemblies from full-size wings down to the individual components and materials used in aircraft design.
The company also plans to research zero-emission aircraft in the facility, which includes 65,000m² test space, a 40-metre-long strong floor, and a 14 x 10 metre strong wall capable of testing full-size wings using a 25MN high-capacity loading test machine. The site also incorporates a 3Dprinting plateau and digital manufacturing laboratory, as well as the Air-bus low-speed wind tunnel.
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