Strategic Win for Moog to Advance Launch Vehicle Booster Technology with Metal Additive Manufacturing Techniques
12 January 2016
Moog Inc. (NYSE: MOG.A and MOG.B) Space and Defense Group recently won a technology development contract under the Booster Propulsion Technology Maturation Broad Agency Announcement from the U.S. Air Force. Moog will focus its efforts on additive manufacturing of parts for liquid fueled first stage rocket engines. Moog will explore the material properties unique to additive manufacturing and discover the fault tendencies of the materials using in-house additive manufacturing technologies and failure analysis techniques. Moog will improve the additive manufacturing processes to avoid those faults in the production phase.
The Moog facility in East Aurora opened a titanium and stainless steel additive manufacturing center in 2014. Work on this contract will take place in the East Aurora facility which is co-located to the launch vehicle fluid controls engineers at Moog. “We see significant potential for metal additive solutions for space applications and we are happy to support the technology advancement with the U.S. Air Force”, said Dave Chaves, Moog Director of Space Access and Integrated Systems. Moog sees the impact of additive manufacturing in many business areas. Moog recently acquired 70% ownership in Linear Mold and Engineering based in Livonia, MI. This company specializes in metal additive manufacturing.
The Air Force awarded this contract to improve the U.S. industrial base capabilities for next generation launch vehicle booster engines. The US is committed to ending its reliance on foreign first stage rocket engines to launch strategic U.S. assets into space. Moog is proud to be a part of next generation U.S. space launch assets continuing a rich history of supporting every major U.S. space launch system over the past 60 years.
Moog Inc. is a worldwide designer, manufacturer, and integrator of precision control components and systems. Moog’s high-performance systems control military and commercial aircraft, satellites and space vehicles, launch vehicles, missiles, automated industrial machinery, wind energy, marine and medical equipment. Additional information about the company can be found at www.moog.com. Additional information about Moog’s Space Sector can be found at www.moog.com/space.
Linear was founded by John Tenbusch in 2003 as a service-focused business and began developing specialized molds and tooling for plastic forming applications. As one of the early adopters of metal additive manufacturing (AM) in North America, the company was able to exploit the advantages it offered for enhanced product feature sets, rapid design cycles and high customization. Over the last five years, Linear has leveraged their AM design and process expertise to build an outwardly focused AM services business. Additional information can be found atwww.linearmold.com.