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May 2006 edition

Virtual production centre forges ahead in Europe

Europe is moving closer to a virtual aircraft production centre that may help cut research and development costs by five per cent.

Prototypes could be tested this summer. They are being built as part of the VIVACE project, partly funded by the EU, aimed at giving Europe an edge in the aircraft, engine and equipment marketplace.

The three-year VIVACE (Value Improvement through a Virtual Aeronautical Collaborative Enterprise) runs until 2007 and is developing collaboration between the aerospace industry, technology institutes and universities.

Technical sub-projects based in three work areas focus on:

• Products for the design, interfacing and testing of virtual aircraft:

• Aircraft propulsion, engine modules, knowledge management and collaboration: and,

• The development of advanced c....

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