NASA Selects Alcoa as Materials Supplier for Ares 1 Launch Vehicle(New York & Bettendorf, Iowa, July 3, 2007) -- Alcoa (NYSE:AA) announced today that its North American Rolled Products business has won a one year contract from the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to develop the manufacturing capability and supply of high performance aluminum-lithium plate and ingot to be used for the Ares 1 crew launch vehicle (CLV) upper stage, the rocket that will carry a new generation of explorers into space. The material will be sourced from Alcoa's Davenport Works in Iowa and the Alcoa Technical Center near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
"We are excited about the opportunity to be involved in the design, development, and future production of the next generation of spacecraft. Receiving this contract speaks to NASA's confidence in Alcoa's ability to provide leading edge materials and new aerospace technology solutions," says Tony Morales, Global Marketing Director-Aerospace.
Source : Alcoa