GKN Aerospace extends rocket contract

GKN has extended its contract with ArianeGroup to supply turbines and engine nozzles for 14 Ariane 6 launchers.

Ariane 6 is a European launch system developed by French aerospace company ArianGroup on behalf of the European Space Agency (ESA).

GKN is currently finding ways to improve the design of its rocket products manufactured using additive manufacturing (AM).

Since 1975, the company has made over 1,000 combustion chambers and nozzles as well as over 250 turbines for the Ariane rocket.

“Signing this contract is an important step ahead, not only for GKN Aerospace and the launcher activities in Sweden, but for the entire Ariane 6 programme,” said Martin Velander, GKN aerospace launcher engines program director. “It reinforces that Swedish participation is key to the future of the launcher and for the future of European space exploration.”