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The RACER Demonstrator project, the new helicopter for the future that Airbus Helicopters promotes, is presented


March 1st 2018

CATEC participates in this initiative inside the OUTCOME consortium, next to other companies like Aernnova, FIDAMC, TECNALIA, and CTA


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The RACER Demonstrator project, the new helicopter for the future that Airbus Helicopters promotes, is presented
Photo: Members of the OUTCOME Consortium (core partner) and leaders of Airbus Helicopters, among others, for developing the tail unit of the RACER Demonstrator (Clean Sky 2).

At the end of January, Airbus Helicopters displayed, in their Albacete facilities, the characteristics and state of the project of the RACER Demonstrator, the new high-speed helicopter that has been boosted by the aeronautic company as part of the European research program, Clean Sky 2, by the OUTCOME Consortium.

CATEC participates in this initiative inside the OUTCOME consortium, next to other companies like Aernnova, FIDAMC, TECNALIA, and CTA, specifically on developing the tail unit of the RACER, introducing innovative manufacturing technology.

Particularly, our Center is developing metallic fittings for additive manufacturing technology (3D-printing) that will be validated and put on the flight during the flight demonstration campaign. This will constitute a milestone higher than CATEC has already obtained with this novel manufacturing technology. The head of the Division of Materials and Processes, Fernando Lasangi, was in charge of representing the CATEC team in said event.

This project gambles on the development of a demonstrator of high-speed rotary wing nicknamed the RACER (Rapid and Cost Effective Rotorcraft) with the capacity to reach a 400 km/h cruise speed. The helicopter will be manufactured partly in Germany, Spain and France and it expects its first flight to be made in 2020.



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