Oerlikon and LENA Space agreed to a partnership to develop optimized metal additively manufactured components for propulsion systems. These systems are used in small vehicles to launch payloads in low-earth orbit. The collaboration combines LENA’s experience in high-performance, low-cost launch propulsion technology with Oerlikon’s end-to-end value proposition in additive manufacturing (AM) to drive wider adoption of AM in the space industry.

LENA Space designs and develops turbines, impellers, pumps, combustion chambers and regenerative cooling systems. Collaborating with Oerlikon’s Additive Manufacturing business unit opens up opportunities to unlock new designs with next-generation materials to produce highly functional parts. Oerlikon says it will bring differentiating capabilities in four areas: design for additive engineering, rapid alloy development (RAD), additive process knowledge to create repeatable components and advanced coatings.