Hexcel Congratulates Northrop Grumman on Successful GEM 63XL Test

Sepotember 21 2020

Hexcel Corporation congratulates Northrop Grumman on the successful test firing of the GEM 63XL motor in August.

Hexcel advanced composite materials support the GEM 63XL solid rocket motor, which will provide additional lift capability to the Vulcan Centaur vehicle. The GEM 63XL increases thrust and performance by 15-20 percent compared to a standard GEM 63. Hexcel is also proud to be a supplier for the GEM 63 solid rocket motor. The first flight of the GEM 63 motors will be on a ULA Atlas V launch vehicle planned for fourth quarter 2020, and GEM 63XL motors will support the Vulcan rocket in 2021.


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