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Rural communities tap into 'space economy'


​​​Nestled among the hills and mountains, in the heart of coal country, they are reaching for the stars – literally.

"The two products we make both have opportunities to go to space," said Rudy Olson, director of Consol Innovations, makers of CFOAM, a type of carbon foam used in the aerospace industry.

The material is prized for how it interacts with heat.

"I'll demonstrate that with this, our standard carbon foam," Olson said as he held a blowtorch to one of the carbon foam squares. "That flame is probably approaching 1,500 degrees Celsius, and you can see the carbon — it's starting to glow."

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