Archer and Hexcel Partner on eVTOL Manufacturing
by DRONELIFE Staff Writer Ian M. Crosby
Today Archer Aviation Inc. announced that it has entered into a joint letter of intent with lightweight composite technology leader Hexcel. The letter details a proposed relationship between the two companies that would see Hexcel supply Archer with carbon fiber and resin systems known as prepreg, necessary to the production of composite parts for Archer’s production aircraft.
As a leading supplier of carbon fiber, honeycomb, and other composite materials for major programs ranging from aerospace, aviation, space, defense and industrial, Hexcel is the perfect composites partner, providing systems that offer both strength and durability. Hexcel components also cut down on energy consumption and the weight of the aircraft, allowing for higher performance and an increased flight range.
“When selecting a partner, our primary focus was on safety and quality. We were impressed by Hexcel’s track record in delivering high-performance prepreg materials for the commercial aerospace industry and their proactive approach to developing cutting-edge materials,” said Brett Adcock, Archer’s co-founder and co-CEO. “Hexcel’s deep aerospace experience and familiarity with FAA certification requirements will prove invaluable as Archer moves into its next phase of innovation and ushers in the future of sustainable transportation,” added Adam Goldstein, Archer co-founder and co-CEO.
“This is a terrific opportunity for Hexcel to join with an innovative leader such as Archer to bring eVTOL to market,” said Nick Stanage, Hexcel’s Chairman, CEO and President. “By selecting our leading lightweight composites, Archer helps improve aerodynamics, safety and quality in their aircraft designs. We are excited to be part of helping them succeed in bringing this new technology to market.”
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Ian attended Dominican University of California, where he received a BA in English in 2019. With a lifelong passion for writing and storytelling and a keen interest in technology, he is now contributing to DroneLife as a staff writer.
Miriam McNabb is the Editor-in-Chief of DRONELIFE and CEO of JobForDrones, a professional drone services marketplace, and a fascinated observer of the emerging drone industry and the regulatory environment for drones. Miriam has penned over 3,000 articles focused on the commercial drone space and is an international speaker and recognized figure in the industry. Miriam has a degree from the University of Chicago and over 20 years of experience in high tech sales and marketing for new technologies.
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