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    SDC Delivers Composite Hardware to Lockheed Martin for Orion Program


    Barry Neighbors
    LAS Fillet at the Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF)

    San Diego, CA, March 1, 2011 San Diego Composites, Inc. (SDC) has delivered their first composite Launch Abort System Fillet ship set to Lockheed Martin for the Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV) program. The Orion CEV is meant to replace the retiring Space Shuttle and will safely transfer astronauts to and from the International Space Station, the Moon, Mars and other destinations beyond low earth orbit.

    Carbon-Carbon Backing Structure
    Lay-up of the LAS Fillet Using Laser Projection
    Carbon-Carbon Backing Structure
    Trim and Drilling Machining Operations

    SDC designed all tooling and manufacturing processes for the 8-foot diameter by 10-foot tall composite sandwich conical structures, using a Lockheed Martin design. 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 also fabricated several other challenging composite components for the CEV Ground Test Assembly, including composite longerons for the Thermal Protection Support Structure and acoustic blankets. The whole support team at SDC looks forward to the continuation of the program through Ground Test Assembly, Orion's first flight test (OFT-1) in 2012, and beyond.

    Barry Neighbors
    SDC's Composites Factory of the Future

    SDC is committed to providing its customers high quality, innovative, and cost-effective technologies.
    For more information on the LAS Fillet project or other space structure capabilities, please contact
    Ken Mercer at (858) 751-0450.

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