[SatNews] Moog Inc. and the NASA George C. Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) have developed a high-pressure throttling valve for a Cryogenic Affordable Upper Stage Engine (AUSE) using additive manufacturing, also known as 3-D printing.
The team successfully tested the part this spring. Moog will display the valve at the National Space Symposium (booth #100) from May 19 – 22, 2014, in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
“Using additive manufacturing, the team grew, or printed, the Moog valve from a powder form using high-energy laser technology,” said Dave Chaves, Space Access & Exploration business unit director, Moog Inc. “This is the first time anyone has used additive manufacturing to make an engine component with moving parts and successfully tested it for use on a launch vehicle. The success of this project definitely opens the door for us to adopt alternate machining methods for space and defense contracts.”
The Moog infosite is readily accessible at http://www.moog.com/about/space-defense-group/