NASA has a Superior, Wisconsin, company walking on air following a pair of distinct honors.
Northlands NewsCenter says NASA gave the Group Achievement Award and the Silver Achievement Medal to Charter NEX Films on Tuesday. The company made the protective film NASA used to make the balloons for its high altitude weather balloon program.
"We're kind of the front, the first of the food chain so to speak, and a lot of times we don't get the recognition," said the Charter NEX Films President and COO Chris Trapp at a ceremony.
According to the blog Business North, a NASA official says Charter's work has enabled NASA with a cost-effective way of doing important exploration.
“We look at black holes, and new planets with astrophysics. With the cost of satellites increasing, balloons are a better option. We’re trying to develop a balloon that flies up to 100 days – the quality of film you (Charter NEX) have will make this possible,” said Dr. Magdi A. Said, senior materials scientist and technology manager with the NASA Balloon Program Office.
In addition to the weather balloon product, Charter NEX also makes protective films for such things as medical supplies, and barrier film for food packaging. The company also manufactures film for peelable lids.