part of our everyday lives
 
alcoa and NASA working together
It is not just kitchen foil and drink cans made from Alcoa’s aluminium.  NASA has certified Alcoa’s Davenport facility in the United States as the only supplier in the US to produce aluminium-lithium alloy 2195 thin plate for the Ares 1 crew launch vehicle - the rocket that will enable astronauts to explore space beyond low earth orbit with the goal of reaching the moon by 2020.
 
“Basically, the way back to the moon is paved right here through Alcoa Davenport,” said Steve Cook, director of NASA’s Exploration Launch office and Ares project manager.
 
“It all starts with partners like Alcoa. You are on the front line in Davenport in helping us to take on the next exciting chapter in our space exploration efforts,” Cook said.
 
“Even though production metal is already moving through our facility, the qualification from NASA was vital to continue this business and reinforces Alcoa's tradition as a provider of new aerospace materials and technology solutions for aircraft and spacecraft applications,” said Tony Morales, Alcoa Global Marketing Director, Aerospace.
 
Learnings from Ares 1 will benefit the Ares V5, which will be the "heavy lift" cargo launch vehicle that will also feature Alcoa metal. When the actual mission to the Moon becomes reality, the plan will be to launch Ares V5 first and then launch the crew of up to six astronauts in Ares 1. The two rockets will dock in space and explore the Moon and other parts of the solar system.
 
green buildings start with alcoa’s aluminium
Aluminium has always offered unique advantages for designing the shape, appearance and finish of modern buildings. Today it offers an even more important advantage: sustainability.
 
New aluminium components and designs optimise natural lighting and shade, enhance energy management, and support designs that make the most of the physical environment. And aluminium’s unmatched recyclability gives architects a key tool to design with cradle-to-cradle lifecycles in mind.
 
Read more.
 
For building success stories click here.


return to front page
go



Click image to enlarge.




Click image to enlarge.




Click image to enlarge.




Click image to enlarge.




Click image to enlarge.