From left to right: Hannes Schuette, account manager, Solvay, Marc Doyle, executive vice-president, Solvay, Stefan Hofmann, manager at RUAG, and Jan Imbusch, also a manager at RUAG.
From left to right: Hannes Schuette, account manager, Solvay, Marc Doyle, executive vice-president, Solvay, Stefan Hofmann, manager at RUAG, and Jan Imbusch, also a manager at RUAG.

Composites specialist Solvay has signed a new agreement to supply Swiss aerospace company RUAG with structural composites for US and European space launcher programs.

Solvay will supply its MTM 46 composite products for RUAG to make large integrated structural components including payload fairings, stage and payload adapters, dispensers and separation systems on next-generation launchers. MTM 46 is an out-of-autoclave toughened epoxy resin system that meets space agencies requirements and can be used in light and stiff sandwich structures. According to Solvay, it has been specifically developed for extremely demanding applications such as space programs.

‘RUAG Space is the leading supplier of composite payload fairings and is an expert in out-of-autoclave manufacture,’ said Marc Doyle, executive vice-president at Solvay. ‘We look forward to supporting RUAG’s operations out of Decatur, Alabama, USA and Emmen, Switzerland as they further contribute to space transportation.’

This story uses material from Solvay, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.