March 31, 2009. Livermore, California. Ultracor, a market leader in engineered composite honeycomb design and fabrication, announced that it has been selected by NASA and Textron Defense Systems as the specified honeycomb for development as a constituent material in the Orion heatshield. Textron selected Ultracor to research and develop a material comparable with the honeycomb utilized on the original Apollo heatshield. As time and technologies change, Ultracor engineered and fabricated a material grounded in the heritage of early human spaceflight updated with the high quality production techniques developed by Ultracor during its fifteen year history. Ultracor is proud to be a part of the next generation of American space exploration.