Mount Airy, North Carolina -- NASA incorporated spray polyurethane foam insulation from North Carolina Foam Industries (NCFI) into the Orion spacecraft.
The spacecraft was successfully launched Dec. 5, the first such take-off since the Space Shuttle program ended.
NCFI said the spacecraft, which was unmanned, went 3,600 miles into space at speeds of up to 20,000mph and experienced temperatures of up to 4,000oF.
The foam insulation is used on the second-stage liquid fuel tanks of all NASA spacecraft.
The manufacturer has served as a supplier to NASA for 30 years and in 2012 won an award for its foam supply to NASA and Lockheed Martin Space Systems, as we previously reported.
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