Ursa Major tipped to supply additively manufactured rocket motors to Pentagon

March 1, 2024

Ursa Major Technologies Inc, located in Berthoud, Colorado, USA, is close to receiving a contract to produce solid fuel rocket motors for the Pentagon, reports Reuters.

US officials are said to be seeking suppliers beyond the two dominant rocket engine makers, Northrop Grumman and L3 Harris Technologies, as it looks to meet missile and rocket orders to supply the war efforts in Ukraine and Israel, and to re-stock dwindling US inventories.

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter
Sign up

The contract, although expected to be relatively small and fall under the Pentagon’s development programmes, would be seen as a big vote of confidence in Ursa Major and its metal Additive Manufacturing technology.

“As soon as I get the FY (fiscal year) ’24 budget, I am going to drop it on a small company that is going to do Additive Manufacturing of a solid rocket motor,” Heidi Shyu, under secretary of defence for research and engineering, told Congress last week. “We can’t wait to get them on contract.”

While Shyu did not name the company or reveal the size of the contract during her testimony, she did say that the company had been working closely with the Navy. A congressional aide and an industry executive who spoke on condition of anonymity reportedly said Shyu was referring to Ursa Major.

An industry executive from a large defence prime contractor said Ursa Major’s motors can be used in any small diameter weapons like the new Boeing and SAAB Ground Launched Small Diameter Bomb (GLSDB), RTX’s SM-6 rockets and Lockheed Martin’s Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) which are used heavily in Ukraine.


Download Metal AM magazine

In the latest issue of Metal AM magazine

Download PDF

Extensive AM industry news coverage, as well as the following exclusive deep-dive articles:

  • Metal powders in Additive Manufacturing: An exploration of sustainable production, usage and recycling
  • Inside Wayland Additive: How innovation in electron beam PBF is opening new markets for AM
  • An end-to-end production case study: Leveraging data-driven machine learning and autonomous process control in AM
  • Consolidation, competition, and the cost of certification: Insight from New York’s AM Strategies 2024
  • Scandium’s impact on the Additive Manufacturing of aluminium alloys
  • AM for medical implants: An analysis of the impact of powder reuse in Powder Bed Fusion

The world of metal AM to your inbox

Don't miss any new issue of Metal AM magazine, and get the latest industry news. Sign up to our twice weekly newsletter.

Sign up

Discover our magazine archive…

The free to access Metal Additive Manufacturing magazine archive offers unparalleled insight into the world of metal Additive Manufacturing from a commercial and technological perspective through:

  • Reports on visits to leading metal AM part manufacturers and industry suppliers
  • Articles on technology and application trends
  • Information on materials developments
  • Reviews of key technical presentations from the international conference circuit
  • International industry news

All past issues are available to download as free PDFs or view in your browser.

Browse the archive

Looking for AM machines, metal powders or part manufacturing services?

Discover suppliers of these and more in our comprehensive advertisers’ index and buyer’s guide, available in the back of Metal AM magazine.

  • AM machines
  • Process monitoring & calibration
  • Heat treatment & sintering
  • HIP systems & services
  • Pre- & post-processing technology
  • Powders, powder production and analysis
  • Part manufacturers
  • Consulting, training & market data
View online
Share via
Copy link
Powered by Social Snap