Composite fuselage

Vertical Aerospace has agreed a joint development programme with Leonardo for the design, testing, manufacture and supply of a carbon composite fuselage for Vertical’s VX4 electric aircraft. The companies will work together on optimising lightweight composite structures, modular design, systems installation and structural testing for the co-development of the aircraft’s fuselage. Leonardo will focus its VX4 activities at its Grottaglie plant in southern Italy. The company says the plant is one of the most advanced facilities in Europe for producing composite aerostructures.

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