08 January 2009
08 January 2009
Applied Aerospace Structures Corporation (AASC) has been awarded a contract by Orbital Sciences Corporation to manufacture the composite structures for the Taurus II Launch Vehicle.
The contract is currently in final negotiations with a potential of up to five shipsets per year. The 12’ 8” diameter x 32’ 4” long Payload Fairing is the largest of the structures, consisting of honeycomb core and composite facesheets. Along with the Payload Fairing, AASC will also manufacture the Fairing Adaptor (12’4” diameter x 6’), the Stage 2 Motor Adaptor (12’4” diameter x 44”), the Stage 2 Interstage (12’4” diameter x 20”), the Payload Adaptor (8’8” diameter x 8”), and the Avionics Cylinder (7’8” diameter x 27”). AASC will fabricate all components in their state-of-the-art, 245,000 square foot, Stockton facility. Deliveries will begin in late 2009.
The Taurus II is a two-stage launch vehicle with the ability to reliably send up to approximately 12,000lbs to space. It is capable of launching both single and multiple payloads. This launch vehicle will supply cost-effective access to a variety of orbits. The first mission launch will take place in 2010.
The Department of Lightweight Design and Structural Materials (LsW) at Brandenburg University of Technology (BTU) Cottbus has received a brand-new AFP system from Mikrosam.
Web Industries, a precision formatter of flexible materials and an outsource manufacturer, has been awarded associate membership in the prestigious National Composites Centre.
Porcher Industries has celebrated the opening of its new Chinese manufacturing site. The inauguration of Zhejiang Porcher Industries New Material on 22 November demonstrates the company’s commitment and confidence in the region, its Chinese partners and the next chapter of growth for Porcher Industries as a global leader in technical textiles.