Northrop Grumman’s GEM 63XL solid rocket boosters to be longest single-segment motors ever flown

January 5, 2024

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Using virtual reality and monolithic designs, meaning manufactured and cast as a single piece, Northrop Grumman’s 63-inch diameter, extended length Graphite Epoxy Motor (GEM 63XL) solid rocket booster (SRB) will make its debut, supporting the inaugural flight of United Launch Alliance’s (ULA) Vulcan Centaur rocket on January 8th.