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Key parts of moon mission manufactured in W.Va.


RAVENSWOOD, W.Va. — When the manned Artemis rocket heads to the moon next year, the astronauts will be riding a piece of West Virginia into the sky. The Artemis rockets and the space capsule which will dock and ferry supplies to and from the moon will be built of a special alloy developed and mass produced at Constellium Rolled Products in Jackson County.

“We make the plate, then send it to a fabricator who will shape it and form it, then it’s sent to a NASA location to be assembled,” explained Constellium CEO Buddy Stemple.

The project the company is currently involved with is called the “SLS Rocket” program, which stands for “Space Launch Systems.” The material is a proprietary alloy with the trade name AirWare.

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