NASA Astronaut Visits Dynasol Plant in Mexico

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2008 11:33:06 pm

Executives from Dynasol, the manufacturing plant located in the port and industrial passage of Altamira, Tamaulipas, welcomed the visit by Astronaut Engineer José M. Hernández and representatives of ATK Launch Systems. During this visit, Dynasol disclosed how one of its products is a major component of NASA's Space Shuttle system in the launching and going into orbit stages. Solprene® 1205, a polymer manufactured by Dynasol, is one of the six materials used in the formulation of the adhesive known as PSA (Pressure Sensitive Adhesives), an essential component for the operation of the propelling rocket of the largest Space Shuttle ever launched, and the first designed to be reusable, known as Reusable Solid Rocket Motor (RSRM). This adhesive is used in the propelling rocket's joints (in the nozzle and in the ignition system); it aids in maintaining the contact pressure of the joints during initial pressurizing and when carrying out the launch. NASA and ATK Launch Systems, manufacturer of the components and materials for launch systems for the Space Program in the US, recognize Dynasol as a highly reliable partner, focused on offering personalized attention and products that are manufactured according to the highest standards of quality. In the opinion of ATK and NASA, products such as Solprene® 1205 guarantee the successful and safe operation of RSRM propelling rockets. Thus, as part of a support and joint collaboration program between both enterprises, ATK Launch Systems and NASA offered Dynasol and their collaborators an illustrative talk with Engineer José M. Hernández, Astronaut at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Such talk focused on the activities performed by an astronaut when on the ground, and his responsibilities as a specialist in special missions. This event took place at the Dynasol plant facilities in Altamira, with the enthusiastic participation of the company's collaborators and distinguished personalities in the field and the region. It should be noted that this is the first visit of this kind by NASA-ATK outside the USA and Canada. "We are very pleased with Engineer José M. Hernández's visit to our facilities" – said Jesús López, Director of Dynasol's plant in Altamira -. "We are also very proud of the fact that ATK Launch Systems and NASA acknowledge the quality of Dynasol's products by including one of our polymers in the manufacturing of one of the most important systems in the launching of Space Shuttles. The idea of being part of something as transcendental for humankind as the space launch technology has always been a concept motivating our daily work as collaborators in Dynasol, and once again makes evident our commitment to providing dynamic and highly innovative technological solutions to our customers' needs," López concluded.