Aerojet Rocketdyne and NASA Enter Partnership to Creative Innovative Designs Using Additive Manufacturing

Aerojet Rocketdyne and NASA Enter Partnership to Creative Innovative Designs Using Additive Manufacturing

Using a unique combination of 3D printing technologies, including solid-state deposition and laser deposition, Aerojet Rocketdyne will be able to enable the rapid fabrication of complex components. Aerojet Rocketdyne aims to reduce the development cost of technologies and accelerate the infusion of emerging commercial capabilities into space missions.

FREMONT, CA: California-based Aerojet Rocketdyne and NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center entered into a Space Act Agreement to design and manufacture a lightweight rocket engine thrust chamber assembly making use of innovative additive manufacturing processes and materials. The project was initiated with a goal of reducing manufacturing costs and make a thrust chamber that can be easily scaled to support a variety of missions, including America’s return to the Moon and following missions to explore Mars.

Using a unique combination of 3D printing technologies, including solid-state deposition and laser deposition, Aerojet Rocketdyne will be able to enable the rapid fabrication of complex components. The vertical integration of these robotic additive manufacturing techniques is expected to yield a scalable design that could be applied to propulsion systems ranging from small systems that would support a lunar lander, all the way up to large boosters that enable launch vehicles to escape Earth’s gravity.

“As we look to the future of space exploration, efficiency and scalability will be key, which is why we are excited to work with NASA on this innovative thrust chamber for rocket engines,” said Aerojet Rocketdyne CEO and President Eileen Drake. “The technology we develop will leverage the most advanced additive manufacturing techniques and materials to help provide efficient and safe transportation to and through space.”

A subsidiary of Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings Inc., Aerojet Rocketdyne is a world-recognized aerospace and defense leader that provides propulsion systems and energetics to space, missile defense and strategic systems, and tactical systems areas, in support of domestic and international customers. Facilitated by NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate through its Announcement of Collaborative Opportunity (ACO) initiative, Aerojet Rocketdyne aims to reduce the development cost of technologies and accelerate the infusion of emerging commercial capabilities into space missions.

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