GrafTech Wins Another NASA Heat Shield Contract

  GrafTech Wins Another NASA Heat Shield Contract

Business Wire

PARMA, Ohio -- December 06, 2012

In August, GrafTech announced that it had developed and manufactured the
thermal solution that protected the recent Mars Curiosity mission from the
intense heat and friction generated during the rover’s descent through the
Martian atmosphere.

GrafTech has recently won another contract for the thermal protection system
for a space mission known as OSIRIS-REx, in which NASA plans to rendezvous
with an asteroid, collect a sample from the surface, and return it to Earth.

The Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith
Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) is a planetary science mission with a 2016 planned
launch. OSIRIS-REx will bring back a sample of a carbonaceous asteroid to
Earth for detailed analyses. The returned material is expected to help
scientists learn more about the time before the formation and evolution of the
solar system, initial stages of planet formation, and the source of organic
compounds that led to the formation of life.

The advanced thermal protection material products and solutions for these
projects were developed and manufactured by a subsidiary of GrafTech’s
Engineered Solutions' segment. The thermal protection material will be used on
the sample return capsule that will bring the asteroid samples back to Earth.
The same material was also used on NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory (Curiosity
rover) mission and NASA’s Stardust mission that brought back samples from a
comet in 2006.

Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Denver is building the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft
and its sample return capsule. It also built the protective aeroshell for
NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory mission, and the Stardust spacecraft and its
sample return capsule.

GrafTech Chairman & CEO Craig Shular commented, “This is an exciting area that
leverages our core competency of providing unique, innovative graphite
material science solutions into high-tech industries. We are proud of our
partnerships with NASA and Lockheed Martin Space Systems.”

About GrafTech

GrafTech International is a global company that has been redefining limits for
more than 125 years. We offer innovative graphite material solutions for our
customers in a wide range of industries and end markets, including steel
manufacturing, advanced energy and latest generation electronics. GrafTech
operates 19 principal manufacturing facilities on four continents and sells
products in over 70 countries. Headquartered in Parma, Ohio, GrafTech employs
3,000 people. For more information, call 216.676.2000 or visit
www.graftech.com.

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Contact:

GrafTech
Betsy Keck, Global Communications Manager, 216-676-2315
 
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