Goodrich have won a contract from NASA to supply a integral high temperature composite flaperon control surface that could be used on the X-37, a reusable launch vehicle. The X-37 is designed to work in both the orbital and re-entry phases of space flight.
Goodrich will manufacture the high temperature composite flaperon at their Sante Fe Springs carbon plant. The proprietary composite material will be much lighter than systems like those used on the space shuttle which consist of a metallic frame covered in thermal insulation tiles.
The deal is expected to make Goodrich $1.4 million over the next two years.
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