GrafTech International Ltd. (NYSE:GTI) announced that it has won a contract to supply advanced material components to NASA’s Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle Launch Abort System (LAS). The LAS is intended to allow Orion’s crew to safely escape during potential launch or ascent emergencies.
As quoted in the press release:
The advanced composite material and propulsion components for this project were developed and manufactured by a subsidiary of GrafTech’s Engineered Solutions segment based in Biddeford, Maine. These high-performance thermo-structural composite components provide the ability to continuously control the vehicle during a launch abort—a new function that enables unprecedented crew safety.
In developing the components for this application, GrafTech engineers adjusted designs, processes and material properties to meet the LAS’ thermal and structural requirements. GrafTech’s advanced material system is able to withstand 3500° F gas temperatures in a dynamic flow environment.
Craig Shular, chairman and CEO of GrafTech, commented:
We continue to leverage GrafTech’s core competency of providing innovative graphite material science solutions into high-tech industries. We value the partnerships we have with industry leaders, NASA and Lockheed Martin, and the opportunities we’ve had to support their missions.