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    Orion Crush Core

    Orion Crush Core
    • Teamed with NASA and Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company on the Orion program Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV) to develop tooling and processing necessary to fabricate the Crush Core design
    • Hardware serves as a shock absorber between heat shield and CEV during the landing event
    • Developed novel tooling concepts that resulted in the ability to produce crushed core assemblies with two-way curvatures
    • Benefits of SDC's manufacturing process:
      • Can produce large scale parts up to 90" in length
      • Meets tight tolerances
      • Assembly mold prohibits undesired crushing during co-cure
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    Lay-up of the Composite Crush Core
    Lay-up of the Composite Crush Core
    Lay-up of the Lunar Lander Composite Tapered Strut
    Composite Crush Core for Testing