San Diego Composites Inc.

Missile bodies, nosecones, strongbacks, containers, canisters, wings, fins, electronics enclosures, heatsinks, shrouds, fairings, space hardware, mirrors, optical benches, bus structures, transportation parts and bodies, rocket motor cases, R&D structures, custom composites, test coupons, filament winding, autoclave, press, VARTM, wet layup.

9220 Activity Rd.
San Diego, CA 92126 US


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carbon nanotube composites

NASA project looks to carbon nanotube composite materials
The Super-lightweight Aerospace Composites (SAC) project seeks to scale up the manufacturing and use of carbon nanotube composite materials for rockets and spacecraft.

San Diego Composites large-scale load frame

Large-scale test frame operational at San Diego Composites
The frame is currently used to test SDC-made structures, but will also join the SDC suite of testing services.

San Diego Composites begins delivery of carbon fiber UAV airframe components
SDC is producing more than 50 separate parts for the airframe, including fuselage longerons, bulkheads and skins as well as the wing and tail spars, skins and control surfaces.

First 3D woven composite for NASA thermal protection systems
A NASA-led team develops 3D woven quartz preform, hybrid process to infuse it with cyanate ester resin (0.5% voids) and achieves TRL5 in three years to replace CF/phenolic in the Orion spacecraft’s compression pads.

San Diego Composites canisters complete two successful launches
San Diego Composites' Lightweight Low-Cost Canister is part of a US Army-sponsored SBIR program.

San Diego Composites expands. Again.
San Diego Composites has expanded for the fourth time in its 11 years in business, moving into a new 6,500-sq-m facility.

San Diego Composites moves to new headquarters, delivers gimbal structure
The new facility is 70,000 sq-ft and twice the size of the previous plant. San Diego Composites also has delivered a carbon fiber Composite Gimbal Structure.


San Diego Composites delivers Dream Chaser cabin mockup
The composite structure is a full-scale pressurized cabin mockup that will be used to evaluate equipment placement and crew operations in the Dream Chaser spacecraft.

San Diego Composites adds winder, oven
San Diego Composites has installed a 60-inch diameter filament winder and a 40-ft, 500°F/260°C walk-in oven.

San Diego Composites certified as an FAA test site
The San Diego, Calif.-based firm is now performing testing on composite fittings for the aerospace industry, in conformity with U.S. Federal Aviation Admin. requirements.

San Diego Composites reports record sales for 2012
The San Diego, Calif.-based aerospace manufacturer tallied $8.46 million in sales, and is hiring to support its anticipated growth.

San Diego Composites delivers first Orion structure to Lockheed Martin
San Diego Composites has delivered its first composite Launch Abort System Fillet ship set for the Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle program.

Product Categories of San Diego Composites Inc.

Fabricating services
  • Thermoplastic materials
    • Adhesive bonding
    • Autoclave cure
    • Coating and painting
    • Compression molding
    • Continuous laminating
    • Filament winding
    • Hand layup
    • Honeycomb structures
    • Injection molding
    • Metal bonding
    • Prototyping
    • Resin transfer molding (RTM)
    • Vacuum-assisted resin transfer molding (VARTM)
Composite Structures & Components
  • Aerospace, flight control surfaces
  • Aerospace, fuselage/wing
  • Aerospace, radomes
  • Armor, composite
  • Automotive, body panels & substructures
  • Carbon/carbon composites
  • Infrastructure, composite
  • Laminate panels, with core
  • Laminate sheets, solid
  • Marine, boat (hulls, decks, bulkheads, etc.)
  • Pressure vessels
  • Tubes
  • Other composite structures
Design, testing, consulting, other services
  • CAD/CAM/CAE design
  • Finite element modeling/analysis (FEM/FEA)
  • Materials analysis
  • Product design
  • Repair services, composites