Client: SpaceX and Hall Composites
Project: Grasshopper aero ramp and clamp ring fairing
Scope of work
- CNC machined patterns for aero ramp and clamp ring fairings.
Space Exploration Technologies Corporation is an American aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company with its headquarters in Hawthorne, California. Launching satellites and commuting to the International Space Station are just some of the programs at SpaceX, with the more recent initiative to reuse the stage one rocket and fuel cell referred to as Grasshopper. During the fall back to earth, the stage one rocket will restart its motors and deploy landing legs for a vertical touchdown. Symmetrix was asked to CNC shape components of this assembly, known as the aero ramp and clamp ring fairings. Hall Composites then infused carbon tooling and started producing parts. Meeting the precision and quality standards for SpaceX was done through CAD file controls, material selection, and our expert CNC machining skills.