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Orbital ATK Tests 3D-Printed Hypersonic Engine Combustor; Pat Nolan Comments

Orbital ATK Tests 3D-Printed Hypersonic Engine Combustor; Pat Nolan Comments - top government contractors - best government contracting event

Orbital ATKOrbital ATK has completed a series of tests on a hypersonic engine combustor developed through a 3D printing process the company calls “powder bed fusion.”

The company subjected the combustor to propulsion wind tunnel tests and extreme temperature flight tests for a period of 20 days at NASA's Langley Research Center, Orbital ATK said Monday.

“This combustor is a great example of a component that was impossible to build just a few years ago,“ said Pat Nolan, vice president and general manager of the missile products division in Orbital ATK's defense systems group.

Nolan added that the tests seek to encourage engineers to develop new tools through additive manufacturing process in order to reduce costs and manufacturing time.

Orbital ATK concluded final assembly work on the combustor design at its facilities in West Virginia and New York.

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Written by Jane Edwards

is a staff writer at Executive Mosaic, where she writes for ExecutiveBiz about IT modernization, cybersecurity, space procurement and industry leaders’ perspectives on government technology trends.

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