General Plastics’ materials were used in the Space Shuttle operations, more specifically as the components for the Reusable Solid Rocket Motor (RSRM) system. These solid-rocket boosters help power the orbiter during lift-off. Burning for approximately two minutes, the RSRMs are jettisoned from the Shuttle, and fall harmlessly into the Atlantic Ocean.
Just before the used RSRM casings plunge into the sea, a linear-shaped-charge system severs the composite nozzle from the casing, preventing damage to either part on splash-down.
General Plastics provides the RSRM maker, ATK Propulsion, with a molded rigid foam standoff that properly positions the shaped-charge at the correct distance from the casing surface. It also protects the charge and the casing from launch damage and combustion products during flight. As the Shuttle is a 100% man-rated system, it is important that each part used in the Shuttle is made with the utmost care and consistency.
General Plastics was selected to participate in the program because of its dedication to quality and excellent process controls at all levels.