Spanish science and technology minister Juan Costa and Boeing chairman Phil Condit last week signed a memorandum of understanding under which the Spanish public research body CSIC and the US manufacturer will jointly pursue aerospace research, set up working groups and exchange information and personnel.

Condit says the agreement with CSIC is an "important step forward" for Boeing's research and technology facility in Madrid, which is "poised to become a worldwide centre of excellence in the investigation of the environmental considerations of flight, air traffic management and security". He hints that this could be expanded to other areas. "When it comes to Spain, the idea of carbonfibre structures immediately pops up in my mind," says Condit.

Source: Flight International