The E.D.A. has posted Phase 1 narratives – the five page applications that winning hub submitted to the EDA. These narratives are the pitch that the hubs presented to the E.D.A. on why each hub is critical, what technologies the hub will drive forward, and outlines a vision of how the hubs would bring regional resources together.
The American Aerospace Materials Manufacturing Center’s designee narrative can be read here. The opening paragraph is below:
This consortium proposes to immediately advance U.S. leadership and national security
through creation of the American Aerospace Materials Manufacturing Center (“the
Center”) to develop new domestic supply chains to meet the immediate demand for
high-rate production of advanced composite aerostructures in defense and commercial
markets. The EDA Tech Hub designation will propel our domestic supply base by creating a
testbed facility to advance large thermoplastic composite (TPC) aerospace materials like ribs,
beams, doors, bulkheads and stiffened skins. This market-disrupting, high-rate production
solution maintains the same performance of most advanced composite aerostructures flying
today at low production rates. High production of TPC is a key enabler to accelerate the
aerospace industry’s goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, and presents a unique
opportunity to upskill the current workforce, coordinate with Tribal nations and workforce
leaders, and utilize the best-practices for supporting underrepresented communities, in both
Washington and Idaho, to model the next generation of American aerospace jobs.