The US Air Force Research Laboratory will receive the first rocket factory in a box from X-Bow Systems.
FREMONT, CA: "X-Bow is poised to deliver the world's first tactical mobile energetics factory demonstration unit. The significance of this technology and what it could do to enable tactical responsive space access, increase the solid rocket motor industrial base resiliency and production capacity, shorten the design and production timelines and radically lower the cost for hypersonics, tactical missiles, missile defense and other commercial applications is now a significant step closer with this AFRL backed endeavor," states X-Bow CEO, Jason P. Hundley. X-Bow Systems Inc. (X-Bow), a new non-traditional small business supplier of Solid Rocket Motors (SRMs) and defense technologies, has confirmed that its Pathfinder I, a mobile energetics factory demonstration unit (aka Rocket Factory In-A-Box), will be delivered to the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) in Edwards, California, this month. Pathfinder I is part of X-innovative, Bow's low-cost additive manufacturing method for solid rocket motors, which was developed in partnership with the Eternal Quiver Program of the Air Force Research Laboratory.
"We look forward to demonstrating its capabilities and further collaboration with AFRL Edwards in radically pushing the paradigm of solid rocket motor design development forward," adds Hundley.
The Rocket Factory of X-Bow Pathfinder I is a static demonstration unit of a mobile, containerized Solid Rocket Motor (SRM) "factory" that combines revolutionary design, automation, and additive manufacturing processes. Pathfinder I has a modest footprint and considerably boosts rocket manufacturing and deployment flexibility for specialized missions. The X-Bow technology eliminates numerous design restrictions and delays associated with the present ways of generating SRMs. X-design Bow's modular manufacturing procedures, along with state-of-the-art automation and digital engineering, allow for inexpensive rocket propulsion anytime and in any location.
"Advanced propulsion technology, cutting-edge manufacturing, and our talented and dedicated team of engineers are critical to developing next-generation rocket solutions," comments Jill Marsh, RFIB Program.
The manager at X-Bow Systems states, "Over the next several years, X-Bow aims to work together with AFRL to identify projects and technologies to evolve the Pathfinder I capability for use in defense and other applications."
"I look forward to our continued collaboration with X-Bow Systems and witnessing their technology change and modernize how we manufacture solid rocket motors. We eagerly look forward to receiving the world's first Rocket Factory In-a-Box Pathfinder and evaluating the amazing potential this technology brings to our mission. The pace of the world's threats and evolution of capabilities means we cannot stand still. This demonstration unit will allow us to redefine what solid rocket motor production means in the 21st century," comments Dr. Shawn Phillips, Chief Rocket Propulsion Division of AFRL Rocket Lab, located at Edwards AFB, CA.