Tours - Monday, March 18

The Details:

Cost: SME/Abaris Members: $79, Non-members: $89, Academic/Military/Government: $79, Student: $79
Transportation: Transportation will be provided from the Long Beach Convention Center.
Other: Capacity is limited due to facility size. Proof of U.S. citizenship required – valid US Passport or birth certificate only. Due to the proprietary nature of the tours, the host facilities reserve the right to review and decline tour attendees.


Combined Morning Tour:
8am – 11:30am


SpaceX and Northrop Grumman



SpaceX is building one of the world's most remarkable manufacturing and production operations. Headquartered in Los Angeles, CA, this is one of the only facilities in the world where you can see the entirely of a launch vehicle or spacecraft come together under one roof. SpaceX is super vertically integrated, building >85% of our product content in-house; both by mass and by value and thereby building nearly every flight critical component for our product lines. Almost every fabrication and assembly process imaginable in technology is used in one way or another at SpaceX.



Northrop Grumman, Advanced Composites Center manufactures state-of-the-art composite structures. Utilizing Lean Manufacturing techniques, Just-In-Time Manufacturing, and advanced techniques the Center’s maintains its competitive edge. It is capable of fabricating advance composites products from the raw material stage to finished products. The Composites Center processes over 2,700 pounds of material creating more than 400 finished parts per week. The Self-inspection System provides each mechanic with the tools necessary to maintain first-time quality throughout the fabrication process. The Center currently fabricates parts in support of the F/A-18C/D, F/A-18E/F&G, F-35, and B-2 advanced aircraft programs.


Combined Afternoon Tour:
1pm – 4:30pm



Coast Composites LLC and Rubbercraft


Coast Composites is among the leading suppliers of aerospace tooling for large complex composite parts. The company exploits the very latest design and manufacturing technologies to provide highly engineered tooling systems. Visitors will be able to see state of the art metal forming and welding capabilities, the largest heat treat oven in the western USA and our new composite tooling facility with our 50’ autoclave.


Rubbercraft is a high technology company that designs and manufactures elastomer based seals and gaskets primarily for the aerospace and defense industries. Rubbercraft also specializes in the design, development and fabrication of elastomer based tooling used in the manufacture of advanced composite structures. Rubbercraft is one of the world’s leading suppliers of tooling used to produce hat stiffened composite structures. The tour will include rubber mixing and milling operations; rubber extrusion and splicing; rubber molding and finishing operations; elastomeric tooling manufacture and a walk through the inflatable mandrel fabrication and assembly cell.