The Composites ACM Pilot Plant was recently opened at our Marknesse-Flevoland establishment. This facility sees NLR teaming up with industry and smaller businesses to research automated manufacturing processes for components made of composite materials.

NLR has also taken a new Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) into operation for damage and material research of various components, materials and coatings. The new SEM has very high operational availability, enabling NLR to meet the demand for high-grade damage assessments at short notice, thereby offering clients optimum support in assuring deployability and flight safety, among other things.

With the new SEM-electron microscope NLR is able to examine materials in detail

With the introduction of the Flight Deck Officer (FDO) showcase, NLR brought its Virtual Reality Room a big step closer to becoming a fully-fledged, multifaceted platform. The newest showcase uses virtual reality to enable an FDO to interact with a helicopter from the deck of a ship.

The FDO can use arm movements to guide the helicopter to the flight deck, even in challenging sea states. By linking VROOM and HPS, both participants can see each other and interact in real-time.

The Nanyang Technology University (NTU) in Singapore is establishing a facility for air traffic control simulations. NTU has decided to equip the facility with the simulation software NLR developed for its NARSIM air traffic control simulator. With this new facility, NTU and the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) will be conducting research into existing and new concepts for air traffic control in a real-time radar and tower environment. By making use of the NARSIM software, NTU can create a highly flexible facility enabling researchers to adjust the entire facility to their specific wishes and research objectives.