Below are the completed models that our Prototyping and Manufacturing Technicians designed, fabricated, and assembled for Vandenberg Air Force Base. These 1/35 scale model rockets are of the Atlas V 551, Delta IV Heavy, and the Falcon 9. The Falcon 9 is a SpaceX creation while the Delta IV Heavy and the Atlas V 551 are United Launch Alliance projects.
Newton has provided its staff with a wide range of engaging activities throughout the Summer and Fall. In July the company hosted an outing to a Bowie Baysox’s game, and employees and their families not only enjoyed watching the Double-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, they also had an opportunity for a meet and greet with Louie, the Bowie Baysox’s mascot.
Last week, Newton participated in NASA Goddard’s 84th 2 Mile Intracenter Run. Employees indulged in a mid-day opportunity to “break” a sweat and catch up with other contractors and GSFC employees. After the race, Newton passed out custom-designed racing shirts and our signature orange Gatorade.
On Friday, October 27th Newton and Aerothreads are hosting a Halloween soiree where both companies and guests will compete to showcase their skills. Along with festive food and drinks, the party will include a Costume Contest, which Aerothreads, a specialized provider of Multi-Layer Insulation (MLI) blanket products and critical support services to the aerospace industry, comes in with a clear advantage. However, engineers and prototypers have a slight advantage in the second contest, Best Carved Pumpkin. We’re looking forward to a Spooktacular event!
Our Prototyping and Model Making Technicians have a keen eye for design. Recently they created models of three rockets that have launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California: the Falcon 9, Delta IV Heavy, and Atlas V. Vandeberg AFB’s vision is “The World’s Most Innovative Space Launch and Landing Team.” From the design process using CAD, to fabrication and assembly, the Newton team has ensured a smooth process to meet customer’s precise requests and timeline.
One of the models, Falcon 9, a SpaceX creation, has been in the news recently. The Falcon 9 is the first orbital class rocket capable of reflight. As of September 28th it boasts 16 successful landings. Yesterday, the static fire of the Falcon 9 was completed and SpaceX is targeting Monday, October 9th as the launch date of Iridium-3 from Vandenberg AFB.
Here are some images of the Newton technicians at work in the fabrication and assembly stages.