Hexcel Congratulates Northrop Grumman on Successful GEM 63XL Test

Hexcel congratulates Northrop Grumman on the successful test firing of the GEM 63XL motor in August.

Hexcel advanced composite materials support the GEM 63XL solid rocket motor, which will provide additional lift capability to the Vulcan Centaur vehicle. The GEM 63XL increases thrust and performance by 15-20 percent compared to a standard GEM 63. Hexcel is also proud to be a supplier for the GEM 63 solid rocket motor. The first flight of the GEM 63 motors will be on a ULA Atlas V launch vehicle planned for fourth quarter 2020, and GEM 63XL motors will support the Vulcan rocket in 2021.

Colleen Pritchett, President – Americas & Fibers at Hexcel said, “We are thrilled to work with Northrop Grumman which has always demonstrated a steady, long-term commitment to national security. We share a passion for continued innovation with the Northrop Grumman team and look forward to our continued partnership.”

About Hexcel

Hexcel Corporation is a leading advanced composites company. It develops, manufactures and markets lightweight, high-performance structural materials including carbon fibers, specialty reinforcements, prepregs and other fiber-reinforced matrix materials, honeycomb, adhesives, engineered core and composite structures for use in commercial aerospace, space and defense and industrial applications.


Contact Information

Kaye Veazey | VP Corporate & Marketing Communications | kaye.veazey@hexcel.com | 203.352.0339

September 15, 2020

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