the project

As United Launch Alliance ULA replaces Atlas and Delta with next-generation launch rockets under the Vulcan name, supplier Ruag Space has been selected to provide lower cost/improved quality out-of-autoclave fabrication of Vulcan’s composite primary structures. Ruag will manufacture 5.4m payload fairings and 400-series interstate adapters for ULA’s Atlas V rocket.

the challenge

Manual Layup

the solution

The prepreg fabric is automatically rolled out onto a flat tooling table for layup of the inner skin, guided by a laser projection system from Virtek.