The largest of the structures, the 12.6-ft/3.9m diameter by 32.3-ft/10m long payload fairing, consists of honeycomb core and composite facesheets. Along with the fairing, AASC also will manufacture the fairing adaptor, the stage 2 motor adaptor, the stage 2 interstage, the payload adaptor and the avionics cylinder (see inset photo) in its 245,000 ft2 (22,760m2) Stockton facility, with deliveries beginning late this year. The first mission launch will take place in 2010.
Editor PickGardner Business Index at 54.1 in January
The US composites industry looks as strong as it has since early 2015, with expectations the highest in years.