X-Bow Launch Systems Inc., a space technology company headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, reports that it has brought its solid-fuel rocket motors, along with a suite of small launch vehicles for both orbital and suborbital launch services, to market. The company’s customers already include the US Air Force Research Labs and AFWERX, Los Alamos and Sandia National Labs, as well as the Defense Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
Founded in 2016, X-Bow has focused on the design and development of additively manufactured solid rocket motors that are reported to be more efficient and cost effective than traditional motors. The company states that its new class of flexible, reliable and ultra-responsive solid rocket motors introduces new products to a market that has not seen significant technological change for decades.
“X-Bow is leveraging a unique combination of technologies with an improved manufacturing model to serve existing aerospace markets and enable new ones,” commented Jason Hundley, CEO. “Our breakthrough 3D printing technology is positioned to rapidly innovate the solid propulsion and energetics markets just as SpaceX revolutionised the launch market. Our mission is to modernise solid motor production through additive manufacturing while dramatically improving unit economics.”
Matt Bigge of Crosslink Capital, a key investor in the company, stated, “For too long, aerospace markets have lacked a 21st-century solution that utilises cutting-edge technological advances such as 3D printing, digital engineering techniques and automation. X-Bow is well positioned to fill the gap with disruptive technology that can shake up the emerging space economy. We are confident in the experienced team at X-Bow and thrilled to be supporting its mission. This company is poised to revolutionise the future of solid rocket motors.”