Northrop Grumman Tactical Space, Space Components
7130 Miramar Rd.
San Diego , CA 92121 US
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NASA announces new James Webb Space Telescope target launch date
The observatory is expected to launch Oct. 31, 2021, a change resulting from technical challenges and the impact of the pandemic.
NASA rocket motors arrive at Kennedy Space Center for Artemis program
The rocket motors are the next step toward NASA’s Artemis I space launch in 2021.
Northrop Grumman awarded first crew module contract
The HALO module design is adapted from the Cygnus spacecraft designed by Northrop Grumman, and will serve as both crew habitat and docking hub for cislunar spacecraft.
Composites in the race to space
Advanced materials use in current and upcoming NASA missions.
NASA assembles James Webb Telescope
NASA has successfully connected the two halves — the Optical Telescope Element (OTE) and the Space Craft Element (SCE) — of the composites intensive James Webb Telescope for the first time, marking a major milestone for the program.
Composite container protects satellites — on the ground
Cored composites add the strength, smoothness and portability needed for a container built to ship satellites over air, land and water.
Orbital ATK supports Mars InSight mission
The company provided advanced hardware for both the ULA Atlas V launch vehicle and the InSight lander.
What will be the next major iteration in carbon fiber?
A consultant and the president of Dayton, Ohio-based Quickstep Composites, the U.S. subsidiary of Australia-based Quickstep Technologies (Bankstown Airport, New South Wales), Dale Brosius surveys the carbon fiber horizon for signs of what carbon fiber types will be pre-eminent.
Orbital-ATK marriage a sign of the times?
The merger of Orbital and ATK's Aerospace and Defense groups indicates that companies are positioning themselves to take advantage of the new public/private space market.
Ceramic-matrix composites heat up
Lightweight, hard and stable at high temperatures, CMCs are emerging from two decades of study and development into commercial applications.
Tooling up for larger launch vehicles
NASA and Janicki Industries demonstrate composites’ cost advantage in tooling for fabrication of 10m/33 ft diameter payload fairing for next-generation launch vehicle.
Building on CCM lessons learned
Knowledge gained during NASA's composite crew module (CCM) program, a sidelight to the Orion space capsule program, now benefits private space efforts.
- Fibers, inorganic
- Silicon carbide
- Core materials and flow media
- Honeycomb, aramid
- Tooling equipment, materials and supplies
- Backup structures
- Coordinate measurement machines
- Environmental testing equipment
- Mechanical test fixtures
- Modulus testers
- Thermoset materials
- Adhesive bonding
- Autoclave cure
- Automatic tape laying
- Ceramic matrix composite casting
- Coating and painting
- Continuous laminating
- Cutting, finishing, and machining
- Fiber placement
- Filament winding
- Hand layup
- Honeycomb structures
- Metal bonding
- Roll wrapping
- Surface treatment
- Aerospace, radomes
- Ceramic matrix composites
- Laminate panels, with core
- Laminate sheets, solid
- Other composite structures
- Finite element modeling/analysis (FEM/FEA)
- Materials analysis
- Product design
- Testing, materials
- Testing, product
- Testing, structural