Defense firm Anduril has acquired the small solid rocket motor company Adranos, marking a shift from its usual focus on artificial intelligence and automation. Founder Palmer Luckey expressed that this move is part of a larger ambition for Anduril to compete with major players in the defense industry. By integrating their expertise in software and automation with solid rocket motor manufacturing, they hope to revolutionize the process and product, scaling production and improving efficiency.
- Anduril’s recent purchase of Adranos indicates a move towards rocket and missile ventures, aiming to expand their market presence.
- Despite solid rocket motors being a lower-tech product, Anduril plans to harness its AI and automation capabilities to optimize manufacturing, from quality control to scaling production.
- Palmer Luckey, the company’s founder, stated the goal is to make Anduril a prime defense contractor, requiring proficiency in various market domains including land, air, sea, underwater, and space systems.
- The company is investing in new facilities to scale production, and was previously considering the acquisition of bigger players like Aerojet Rocketdyne.
- Analysts have estimated the overall military solid rocket motor market to be around $1.5 billion annually, but it’s unclear if there’s a demand for another major supplier given current competition.