More hard info coming as we get closer to Sept. 27 so a new thread. It may need a name change later.
Toray fibers are used for some 787 parts, and the company has been looking for a reason to expand their Alabama factory. Guess they've found it.
Toray carbon fiber to carry SpaceX's Mars ambitions
PALO ALTO, U.S. -- Japanese materials maker Toray Industries has entered into an agreement to supply carbon fiber to U.S. space flight startup SpaceX for use in the bodies of rockets and space vehicles.
The multiyear deal with Tesla founder Elon Musk's 14-year-old venture is estimated to be worth 200 billion yen to 300 billion yen ($1.99 billion to $2.98 billion) in total. The two sides are aiming to finalize the agreement this fall after hammering out prices, time frames and other terms.
SpaceX is switching to carbon fibers from aluminum as it develops heavy rockets for carrying people and large quantities of material. A lighter body would allow more cargo to be loaded, which would cut transport costs.
Edited by DocM, 16 August 2016 - 01:12 PM.