Energetic materials for propulsion: expertise every step of the way
A broad array of skills
Airbus Safran Launchers is one of the world leaders in the design, development and production of solid propulsion systems. It also provides the solid propellants needed by missiles and launch vehicles.
The company's expertise is based on its mastery of energetic materials, the synthesis of new molecules and development of new materials, including the chemistry and physics behind gas generation and its role in solid propulsion systems.
Space propulsion: focus on the Ariane 5 launcher
Airbus Safran Launchers provides the MPS solid booster motors for Europe's Ariane 5 launcher, along with the main raw materials for the propellants, pyrotechnic ignition devices, high-performance elastomers, carbon fabrics used for thermal linings and precision pressure transducers. It also loads the propellant in the three segments of the solid rocket motors, and makes the nozzle for these motors.
Building on its proven expertise in solid propulsion for rockets and missiles, Airbus Safran Launchers has developed derivative applications for industry :
- For the automotive industry, gas generators for airbags and other safety devices.
- Floatability systems, fire extinguishers, etc.
The safety imperative
Making energetic materials demands complete control over all risks. The techniques developed by Airbus Safran Launchers for mixing various pyrotechnic ingredients guarantees reduced sensitivity, and therefore safe operation.