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Rich in history, Alabama aerospace industry climbing to new heights

Marshall Space Flight Center

The Alabama aerospace industry first took flight with the Wright Brothers and later flew to the moon with NASA’s Saturn V rocket. It has has now added passenger jet assembly and next-generation manufacturing technologies to a wide array of capabilities. With industry officials gathered...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Four trends lifting Alabama aerospace industry to new altitudes

Marshall Space Flight Center

One day last month, a barge floated along the Tennessee River toward NASA’s Alabama hub, the Marshall Space Flight Center. On board was a key piece of hardware for the agency’s Space Launch System, its new deep space exploration rocket. The hardware – fabricated...

Written by Jerry Underwood

NASA’s Alabama hub moves closer to 3-D printed rocket engine

Marshall Space Flight Center

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama -- A team at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama test fired a demonstrator engine made mostly with 3-D printed parts, moving them a step closer to building a high-performance rocket engine using additive manufacturing. Over the past three years, Marshall...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Mobile Chamber forum to connect businesses to NASA

Marshall Space Flight Center

Mobile area companies have a chance to earn business from Marshall Space Flight Center and the subcontractors that serve the giant NASA complex in Alabama. Opportunities are significant, as the agency alone spent approximately $1.8 billion with direct and indirect contractors last year. The...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Russellville rocket team sets sights on NASA Student Launch program

Marshall Space Flight Center

A student team from Russellville is aiming for even loftier goals after winning a major U.S. rocketry competition and then a high-profile international contest at this summer’s Paris Air Show. The RCS Engineering Team, made up of seven middle and high school students from...

Written by Jerry Underwood

NASA Marshall robot will build biggest composite rocket parts

Marshall Space Flight Center

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – A giant robot at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center is helping the agency build the largest lightweight composite parts ever produced for space vehicles. The robot’s work at the Alabama facility may prove pivotal in NASA’s new Space Launch System, designed...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Marshall engineers 3-D print copper rocket part in NASA milestone

Marshall Space Flight Center

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – NASA engineers at Alabama’s Marshall Space Flight Center have produced the first full-scale, copper rocket part using additive manufacturing – a milestone for aerospace 3-D printing. The part is a combustion chamber liner that must operate at extreme conditions during flight.

Written by Jerry Underwood

Five trends lifting Alabama’s aerospace industry into new era

Marshall Space Flight Center

Alabama’s aerospace industry has already flown to the moon with the Saturn V rocket. Now, it’s ready for a new set of missions that will keep this critical sector of Alabama’s economy soaring in revolutionary ways. With aviation and aerospace officials from around the...

Written by Jerry Underwood

United Launch Alliance Alabama factory turns rocket science into rockets (update)

Marshall Space Flight Center

DECATUR, Alabama – Inside the United Launch Alliance Alabama factory, rocket science powers to life as workers assemble the giant Atlas and Delta launch vehicles that thrust critical satellites aloft and blast probes into deep space. The sprawling, one-of-a-kind plant tucked away on an...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Alabama firm building test stands for largest NASA rocket

Marshall Space Flight Center

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – NASA’s next-generation rocket will one day make an epic journey to Mars, but first it will have to pass trials at giant test stands now under construction in Alabama. Birmingham-based Brasfield & Gorrie has been awarded a $45.3 million contract to build...

Written by Jerry Underwood

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