Northrop Grumman Completes First BOLE Solid Rocket Motor Segment for NASA’s Space Launch System

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Futuramic, a key contributor to space exploration endeavors, proudly supports Northrop Grumman in its groundbreaking Booster Obsolescence and Life Extension (BOLE) project. Northrop Grumman Corporation, a leader in aerospace innovation, has recently achieved a significant milestone by completing the first BOLE motor segment for the next-generation Space Launch System (SLS) solid rocket booster.

“PROMONTORY, Utah – Feb. 26, 2024 – (PHOTO RELEASE) Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) completed the first Booster Obsolescence and Life Extension (BOLE) motor segment for the next-generation Space Launch System (SLS) solid rocket booster. BOLE adds nearly five metric tons of payload capacity for SLS Block 2 Moon and Mars missions above the enhancements already in work for the SLS Block 1B configuration slated to fly on Artemis IV. The new solid rocket boosters will be used on Block 2 beginning with Artemis IX when all the recovered and refurbished shuttle-era steel cases have been expended.

Building on the foundation of the largest and most powerful solid rocket boosters ever flown, Northrop Grumman’s BOLE booster incorporates cutting-edge carbon fiber technology and a weight-saving composite case. Combined with other upgrades, it generates 11% more total impulse than the current five-segment solid rocket boosters. The first BOLE demonstration test is scheduled for this year, featuring a full-scale static test with all five segments integrated and horizontally fired in a test bay.” – via Northrop Grumman News

Above photo: A Booster Obsolescence and Life Extension motor segment is transported to final assembly ahead of its first demonstration test scheduled for late 2024. (Photo Credit: Northrop Grumman)

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The BOLE project is designed to elevate the capabilities of the SLS Block 2, enhancing its payload capacity for upcoming Moon and Mars missions. Notably, the BOLE booster incorporates state-of-the-art carbon fiber technology and a weight-saving composite case, setting new standards for performance in solid rocket boosters. Futuramic, with its expertise in design and manufacturing, is a proud partner in this venture.

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Northrop Grumman’s commitment to advancing space launch technology aligns seamlessly with Futuramic’s dedication to excellence in aerospace engineering. As we look forward to the first BOLE demonstration test, featuring a full-scale static test, Futuramic stands at the forefront of supporting innovations that propel humanity further into the cosmos. Together, Futuramic and Northrop Grumman contribute to shaping the future of space exploration, showcasing the power of collaboration and cutting-edge technology.

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