GrafTech International's Engineered Solutions segment continues to grow
its contracts with the aerospace & defense industry.
GrafTech recently won another contract to provide advanced material
components for NASA's Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle Launch Abort
System (LAS), which allows Orion's crew to safely escape in an emergency
during launch or ascent. Orion will carry up to four astronauts beyond
low Earth orbit on long-duration missions to destinations such as an
asteroid and eventually Mars.
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 specific 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.
Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor to NASA for the Orion
spacecraft. The first test flight, called Exploration Flight Test - 1
(EFT-1), is scheduled for September 2014.
GrafTech Chairman & CEO Craig Shular 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."
GrafTech International is a global company that has been redefining
limits for more than 125 years. We offer innovative graphite material
solutions for our customers in a wide range of industries and end
markets, including steel manufacturing, advanced energy and latest
generation electronics. GrafTech operates 20 principal manufacturing
facilities on four continents and sells products in over 70 countries.
Headquartered in Parma, Ohio, GrafTech employs 3,000 people. For more
information, call 216.676.2000 or visit www.graftech.com.
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Betsy Keck, Global Communications Manager,