Mount Airy, North Carolina -- NASA and Lockheed Martin Space Systems, principals of the US Space Shuttle Programme, have awarded NCFI Polyurethanes the Supplier Quality Excellence Award "for exemplary work on the shuttle's External Tank Programme (ET,)" an11 Aug NCFI statement said.
The ET is the single largest element of the space shuttle system. Measuring 154 ft long and 27.6 ft in diameter, the ET serves as the structural backbone of the shuttle during launch, absorbing most of the six million lbs of thrust generated during flight and providing propellant to the orbiter's three main engines.
"People who know us know we're an American-owned company making our mark on the world by providing the highest quality urethane products and backing them up with the very best technical support in the business," said Jud Brown, executive vice president for NCFI.
"This NASA/Lockheed Martin award recognises our many years of unrelenting commitment to those goals," Brown added.
NCFI is a manufacturer of PU foam chemical systems for spray foam-in-place insulation (SPF), roofing, marine flotation, packaging, speciality moulding, and other uses. The company also manufactures flexible foams for seating and bedding. (RD)