UAMMI Urges Innovation in Advance Materials Qualification for Aircraft
Kaysville, UT November 11, 2021 – The Utah Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Initiative (UAMMI) urges innovation in the qualification and certification of advanced materials for use in the production of commercial and USAF aircraft. UAMMI released Aerospace Manufacturing in the 21st Century: An investable plan for a Utah Center of Excellence for testing and qualifying advanced materials for use in commercial and USAF aircraft., which provides foundational research to support qualification of advanced materials and proposes a new center of excellence, the Utah Aerospace Advanced Manufacturing Center (UAAMC).
This study was developed under the Utah Defense Manufacturing Community program. Within a few years, Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) and attritable USAF aircraft will radically transform both the commercial and military sectors
- AAM will help alleviate traffic congestion, reduce emissions and provide military flexibility
- Attritable aircraft enhance the “tool kit” for the warfighter
The market potential is enormous, at more than $1.5 trillion. However, UAMMI’s research identified a growing gap in U.S. manufacturing capabilities and the urgent need for innovation in advanced materials qualification. “The new Utah Aerospace Advanced Manufacturing Center will help to close the gap in qualifying advanced manufacturing and new materials for use in both commercial and USAF aircraft,” according to Dr. Tulinda Larsen, Executive Director, UAMMI. “The proposed Utah Aerospace Advanced Manufacturing Center provides the needed solution to ensuring the U.S. competitiveness in this emerging market.”
The Utah Aerospace Advanced Manufacturing Center is envisioned to be a consortium of stakeholders organized such that its work for the ultimate customers, both the defense and commercial industry, benefit from the base support of technology facilitators. The establishment of the Utah Aerospace Advanced Manufacturing Center includes the creation of a “sustainable” business model whereby license and royalty agreements can be leveraged to repay investments in innovative projects. Up to $1 billion in funding, almost all from the private sector, will be teamed with grants and funding from the Air Force Research Labs.
The UAAMC will be self-sustaining over the long term: a public private partnership (P3) to ensure adequate funding. The result will revolutionize methods of materials qualification and manufacturing, resulting in U.S. dominance in Advanced Air Mobility (AAM), attritable remotely piloted and autonomous aircraft, along with increased national security, economic productivity, jobs, tax revenues, and far-reaching industrial and social benefits.
The Utah Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Initiative (UAMMI) is public-private partnership with the mission to elevate the advanced materials and advanced manufacturing industry in Utah. This research was conducted under funding from the Utah Defense Manufacturing Community (UDMC) program. In 2020, Utah was designated a defense manufacturing community by the U.S. Department of Defense Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation (OLDCC) under the FY21 Defense Manufacturing Community Support Program (DMCSP). As part of the UDMC, Utah committed to develop an investible plan for the qualification and certification of advanced materials for the use in the production of commercial and USAF aircraft.
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