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Constellium joins NASA’s Artemis project

Constellium in Ravenswood will have a hand in NASA’s Artemis program which will send the first woman and another man to the moon by 2024. (File Photo)

RAVENSWOOD — Constellium in Ravenswood is aiding with the effort to launch a space shuttle with the first woman and another man to the moon.

Constellium is a supplier for the NASA Space Launch System and Orion Spacecraft.

Officials met with Sens. Shelley Moore Capito-R, W.Va., and Joe Manchin-D, W.Va., and other West Virginia representatives to advocate for nationwide suppliers.

NASA has an Artemis program with a goal of sending the first woman and another man to the moon by 2024 and hopes to use innovative technologies to further explore the surface of the moon, according to the NASA website.

“We will collaborate with our commercial and international partners and establish sustainable exploration by the end of the decade,” the website said. “Then, we will use what we learn on and around the Moon to take the next giant leap – sending astronauts to Mars.”

This initiative has created more than 18,000 jobs in all 50 states and Constellium outlined its contributions which will help to send humans deeper into space than ever before, the release said.

Specifically, the Ravenswood plant manufactures aluminum-lithium alloy solutions.

“At this facility, Constellium has the unique capability to produce very wide and thick plates for space modules,” the release said. “Airware’s inherent low density, high-specific stiffness, strength and excellent mechanical properties provide the high -performance characteristics required during the demanding launch and landing phases.”

The Artemis program is testing the rocket spacecrafts and the launch pad is underway, according to the release.

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