Moog Invests in New Space Engine Test Facility for Future Space Access
East Aurora, NY, USA – Moog Inc. (NYSE: MOG.A and MOG.B) is investing $12 million dollars in a new space propulsion test facility to be located at its Corporate headquarters in East Aurora NY. The few remaining facilities of this type are in excess of 50 years old, so this investment is critical to maintaining the U.S. infrastructure for space exploration and missile defense applications. Moog partnered with New York State to receive $3.9 million in Excelsior tax credits.
Phase one of the new facility will test small liquid-fuel engines up to 5 lbs of thrust in simulated space environments. The test chambers will handle monopropellant and bipropellant engines with both traditional and new green propellants. The new facility will have improved environmental controls, test automation and data acquisition. These improvements will increase efficiency and reduce testing time. The facility is expected to be completed in 2018.
“We are committed to the space market and this new engine test facility will be on line for decades to come. The first phase will test up to 5 lbs of thrust and we have plans to expand the facility to test up to 100 lbs of thrust as market conditions change’” states Maureen Athoe, Moog Space and Defense Group President. “We expect to break ground in the fall of 2016.”
Moog currently operates an engine test facility in Niagara Falls NY. This facility was built in the 1960’s and Moog will continue to operate this facility until the replacement capability is fully on line.
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 atwww.moog.com/space.
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