News | May 29, 2024

RTX's Collins Aerospace Wins Prestigious Crystal Cabin Award For STARLight™ Structural Technology

Collins has now won 14 Crystal Cabin Awards in the program's 18-year history

Hamburg /PRNewswire/ - Collins Aerospace, an RTX (NYSE: RTX) business has been named a winner of a 2024 Crystal Cabin Award for its STARLight™ structural technology. The Crystal Cabin Award is the only international award for excellence in aircraft interior innovation.

Placing first in the Material and Components category, Collins' STARLight structures are ultra-lightweight, strong and sustainable composite structures that can easily integrate into many cabin interior spaces – including seats, galleys, monuments, lavatories, interior linings and more.

Advanced composite designs tools, automated manufacturing techniques and the use of renewable materials result in architectures that are thinner and lighter weight than traditional honeycomb panels. The monolithic structures are reinforced with stiffeners that match the shape and curvature of the final structure, providing enhanced strength, reliability and integrity to the end product.

"Innovation and the relentless pursuit of technology development and integration is not just core to all we do but is foundational to Collins' service of our global customer base," said Rebecca Stoner, vice president of engineering at Collins Aerospace. "The recognition of STARLight structures as a Crystal Cabin Award winner is an incredible testament to the Collins team and how something as simple as material development and optimization can provide an outsized impact on manufacturing, cabin integration and aircraft operations."

The advanced machining techniques utilized by STARLight technologies eliminate the need for pre-preg fabric, adhesives and bonding in the material assembly process – not only eliminating structural weight but also leading to a significant reduction in material waste and energy-intensive processes in manufacturing.

Collins was named a finalist for two other 2024 Crystal Cabin Awards, including its ARISE™ intelligent comfort system and ADAPT™ digital flight experience control.

About Collins Aerospace
Collins Aerospace, an RTX business, is a leader in integrated and intelligent solutions for the global aerospace and defense industry. Our 80,000 employees are dedicated to delivering future-focused technologies to advance sustainable and connected aviation, passenger safety and comfort, mission success, space exploration, and more.

About RTX
With more than 185,000 global employees, RTX pushes the limits of technology and science to redefine how we connect and protect our world. Through industry-leading businesses – Collins Aerospace, Pratt & Whitney, and Raytheon – we are advancing aviation, engineering integrated defense systems, and developing next-generation technology solutions and manufacturing to help global customers address their most critical challenges. The company, with 2023 sales of $69 billion, is headquartered in Arlington, Virginia.

Source: RTX

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