04 March 2005
04 March 2005
Alliant Techsystems rocket motors and composites technology supported the successful launch of a Japanese H-IIA vehicle from the Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan.
The launch vehicle placed into orbit the Multi-functional Transport Satellite-1 Replacement (MTSAT-1R). The satellite will help ensure flight safety over the Asia/Pacific region, including Japan – U.S. air routes, and improve weather forecasting.
ATK developed and produced the two solid strap-on boosters flown on this configuration of the H-IIA. The booster is an adaptation of ATK’s CASTOR IVA-XL, which flew on the H-IIA for the first time in 2002. The boosters ignite approximately 46 seconds into the flight and burn for one minute.
ATK also supplied the composite materials and technology used to manufacture cases for the two SRB-A rocket motors used on the launch vehicle.
Australian organisations Austrak, Laing O’Rourke and the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) have joined forces to develop polymer composite solutions for bridge transoms in a $10 million project titled Polymer Composite Transoms for Rail Bridge Deck Replacement (CompTrans).
The American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) led a Transportation and Defence Fly-In, 25-26 September 2018, during which ACMA members and staff met with more than 75 congressional offices and several key decision makers from federal agencies.
As the rail sector looks to new technologies to enable it to answer sustainability, performance and cost challenges, applications for pultruded composites are set to grow, according to a new report from the European Pultrusion Technology Association (EPTA). Lightweight, high performance, durable composites offer energy efficient solutions with lower environmental impact and reduced through-life costs in rolling stock and rail infrastructure.