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COLUMNS 4 From the Editor 6 Past, Present and Future Manufacturer's representative Steve Brown reflects on the history of sheet molding compound (SMC) development and lessons he has learned from working with companies through the process. 8 Perspectives & Provocations 9 Gardner Business Index 18 Work In Progress CW senior editor Ginger Gardiner looks at the potential of a wireless system for remote temperature measurement and digital cure cycle management within composite bondlines. 22 Work In Progress CW senior editor Scott Francis explores the growing use of high-strain composites (HSC) in satellite deployment systems. » DEPARTMENTS 10 Trends 38 Applications 39 Calendar 40 New Products 42 Marketplace 42 Ad Index 43 Showcase » ON THE COVER Virgin Galactic's all-composite Space- ShipTwo, shown here, is assembled primar- ily by bonding, with the addition of metal fasteners as needed. The leading edges of the wing and the horizontal stabilizer are faced with a thermal protection system de- rived from NASA's Space Shuttle program's thermal insulation systems. See p. 32. Source / The Spaceship Co. FOCUS ON DESIGN 44 Hybrid thermoplastics give load floor impact strength A research project to reduce mass and costs for an electric vehicle load floor led to the development of a new compression process for selective application of D-LFT on UD tape laminates. By Peggy Malnati CompositesWorld (ISSN 2376-5232) is published monthly and copyright © 2018 by Gardner Business Media Inc. 6915 Valley Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45244- 3029. Telephone: (513) 527-8800. Printed in U.S.A. Periodicals postage paid at Cincinnati, OH and additional mailing offices. All rights reserved. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to CompositesWorld Magazine, 6915 MEMBERSHIPS: Valley Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45244-3029. If undeliverable, send Form 3579. CANADA POST: Canada Returns to be sent to IMEX Global Solutions, PO Box 25542, London, ON N6C 6B2 Canada. Publications Mail Agreement #40612608. The information presented in this edition of CompositesWorld is believed to be accurate. In applying recommendations, however, you should exercise care and normal precautions to prevent personal injury and damage to facilities or products. In no case can the authors or the publisher accept responsibility for personal injury or damages which may occur in working with methods and/or materials presented herein, nor can the publisher assume responsibility for the validity of claims or performance of items appearing in editorial presentations or advertisements in this publication. Contact information is provided to enable interested parties to conduct further inquiry into specific products or services. FE ATURES 26 The building of a composites manufacturing niche Equipped to meet vertical needs with rapid turnaround, Rock Hill, SC's Composite Resources has found the sweet spot between prototypers and large composites manufacturers. By Karen Mason 32 Inside Manufacturing: Leveraging composites for space tourism Virgin Galactic's all-composite WhiteKnightTwo will carry its SpaceShipTwo to launch position, then rocket passengers to suborbital space for a heavenly view of Earth. By Donna Dawson 26 22 18 32 1 TABLE OF CONTENTS DECEMBER 2018 / Vol: 4 N o – : 12

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