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22nd October 2013, Morgan Hill, CA

Advanced composites used in Falcon 9 rocket

TenCate Advanced Composites has congratulated SpaceX, a space transport company, on the recent successful launch of the upgraded version of the Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in the USA.

TenCate supplied SpaceX with a wide range of advanced composite materials, including high temperature prepregs for spacecraft structures to bulk moulding compounds used in compression moulded components.

Joe Morris, President of TenCate Advanced Composites, said: “SpaceX continues to set the bar higher and higher. They truly demonstrate the power of innovation and teamwork. We are proud and honoured to be able to support SpaceX on all of their key platforms with our advanced composite materials.”

Two-stage rocket

This launch represented the maiden trip of an upgraded version of the Falcon 9 rocket with stretched fuel tanks, more powerful engines and a 5.2 metre payload fairing to enshroud satellites, the company reports.

Falcon 9 is a two-stage rocket designed and manufactured by SpaceX, Space Exploration Technologies Corporation, for the safe and reliable transport of satellites and the Dragon spacecraft into orbit. Falcon 9 made history in 2012 when Dragon rendezvoused with the International Space Station.

SpaceX is the first commercial company to visit the space station and has made a total of three flights delivering and returning cargo for NASA.

TenCate Advanced Composites

TenCate Advanced Composites is a leader in the supply of advanced composites for space, satellite, military and commercial aerospace applications.

The company has production facilities and operations in North America, Europe and Asia.


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