SDC Delivers Hardware to LMSSC for Orion Flight Test
San Diego, CA, August 17, 2012 - San Diego Composites, Inc. (SDC) delivered two more ship sets to Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company (LMSSC) for the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV) program: the composite Launch Abort System (LAS) Fillets and composite Thermal Protection System (TPS) Attachment Structure (TAS) Longerons for Orion's first flight test, the Exploration Flight Test 1 (EFT-1). The Orion MPCV is meant to replace the retired Space Shuttle and will safely transfer astronauts to and from the International Space Station, the Moon, Mars and other destinations beyond low earth orbit.
SDC designed all tooling and manufacturing processes for the 8-foot diameter by 10-foot tall composite sandwich conical fillet structures and the highly toleranced longerons, using Lockheed Martin designs. All parts were fabricated in SDC's composites factory of the future, which leverages state-of-the-art computer aided design software, automated cutting tables, laser projection, and laser tracker inspection equipment. SDC previously fabricated several other challenging composite components for the MPCV Ground Test Assembly (GTA), including the GTA LAS Fillets and GTA Thermal Protection Support Structure (TPSS) Longerons.
SDC has been working with Arcata, LMSSC, and NASA on the Orion program since 2009. SDC is an approved LMSSC supplier and an approved vendor for both solid laminate and sandwich structures under STP 65550. The whole support team at SDC looks forward to the continuation of the program through Orion's first flight test (EFT-1) in 2012 and beyond.
SDC is committed to providing its customers high quality, innovative, and cost-effective technologies. For more information on the Orion projects or other space structure capabilities, please contact Ken Mercer at (858) 751-0450.
SDC Orion Team and the EFT-1 LAS Fillets
Second Ship Set of Composite TAS Longerons