Aerojet RocketdyneÂ has agreed to design and produce a rocket engine assembly for NASA throughÂ additive manufacturing approaches as part of a Space Act Agreement withÂ the agency’sÂ Marshall Space Flight Center.
The company said Tuesday it plans to use 3D solid state and laser deposition systems in efforts to fabricate complex parts for a lightweight engine thrust chamber.
NASAâs space technology mission directorate will facilitate the effort under the Announcement of Collaborative Opportunity initiative aimed at integrating emerging commercial technology into space missions.
Eileen Drake, CEO and president of Aerojet Rocketdyne, said the companyÂ looks to apply advanced materials manufacturing methodsÂ to provide the agency aÂ transportation system in space.
The partnership aims integrate roboticÂ techniques to produce an engine design for use in propulsion systems intended to power a lunar lander or a launch vehicle booster.