Brooklyn, NY (PRWEB) April 5, 2005
The Smithsonian has selected Atair AerospaceÂs (Atair AS) Composite Parafoil for display opposite the Wright BrothersÂ 1902 flyer. This display will contrast early to state-of-the-art textiles used in aviation.
Atair ASÂs ÂCobaltÂ composite parafoil is being displayed as part of the SmithsonianÂs Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum exhibit, ÂExtreme Textiles: Designing for High Performance.Â Atair ASÂs parafoils represents the state of the art in gliding parachute design. Also displayed will be a ÂBirdman SuitÂ constructed using Atair ASÂs non-woven composite textiles and inventive manufacturing techniques.
Led by one of New York CityÂs own, Daniel Preston, Atair AS is revolutionizing the parachute industry with the development of composite textiles and manufacturing techniques. Atair AS is using its Composite Parachute TechnologyÂ (CPT) to develop highly efficient, light weight parafoils with applications of great social consequence. Atair ASÂs CPT is being implemented on autonomously guided parafoils for resupply, and unmanned aerial vehicles for surveillance in IRAQ.
Atair ASÂs autonomously guided parafoil systems were developed for the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Center (NSC) to transition the ArmyÂs current WWII-era low altitude, low accuracy, high vulnerability airdrop practices into the 21st Century. Existing airdrop methods expose air and ground troops to threat from insurgentsÂ inexpensive shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles (SAMs). Guided parafoil systems can be likened to a smart bomb but for safely delivering cargo. Atair ASÂs systems can be air dropped at up to 35,000 ft., autonomously glide over 30 miles, and land cargo within 150 ft. of a targetÂthus saving lives and protecting assets. Cargo for ground and special operations forces includes food and water, medical supplies, fuel, munitions and other critical battlefield payloads.
In conjunction with the exhibit, Preston will speak on Atair ASÂs enabling technologies during the MuseumÂs May 12 symposium at Rockefeller University entitled, ÂExtreme Textiles: The Space Between Science, Technology and Design.Â
ÂExtreme Textiles: Designing for High PerformanceÂ will be on view April 8, 2005 through October 30, 2005. For further information on the SmithsonianÂs Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum visit http://www.cooperhewitt.org.
Atair AS is a Brooklyn-based defense contractor dedicated to modernizing military and industrial airdrop techniques through its range of innovative autonomously guided parachute systems, UAVs, and composite materials. Atair AS is under contract with the U.S. Army/DoD to continue developing state-of-the-art autonomous GPS and INS guided parafoil/parachute systems.
For more information on Atair Aerospace, Inc., please contact Rick Zaccari at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit Atair AerospaceÂs website at http://www.atairaerospace.com.
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