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NASA’s Alabama hub simulates space hazards to advance exploration

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HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – Inside Building 4605 at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, there’s a portal to space and all of its extreme conditions. It’s called the High Intensity Solar Environment Test system, or HISET. NASA says the device’s chamber is the only place on...

Written by Jerry Underwood

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

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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

NASA Marshall robot will build biggest composite rocket parts

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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

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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

Dynetics rocket breakthroughs rely on 3-D printing, new methods

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HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – Engineers and scientists in the Huntsville area are using next-generation manufacturing techniques and the latest advances in rocket engine technology to build cost-efficient hardware aimed at lifting U.S. ambitions in space and safeguarding security at home. Dynetics, a Huntsville firm with...

Written by Jerry Underwood

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

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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

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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

Alabama researchers probe futuristic propulsion system

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HUNTSVILLE, Alabama -- At Redstone Arsenal, the cradle of the nation’s rocket program, the University of Alabama in Huntsville, Boeing Co., NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center and the Arsenal are working together to probe a futuristic propulsion system that could send explorers to Mars...

Written by Jerry Underwood

NASA Marshall engineers complete tests on 3-D printer for space station

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HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – Engineers at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center last month completed tests on a 3-D printer that showed the innovative device is ready to be launched to the International Space Station later this year. NASA says 3-D printing, also called additive manufacturing, carried...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Mobile hosts NASA, aerospace companies for business development event

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MOBILE, Alabama -- Representatives of NASA agencies and big-name aerospace companies will be in Alabama’s Port City in early September for a business networking and trade show event that could result in new partnerships or contracts for small- and mid-sized firms. The business-to-business forum,

Written by Jerry Underwood

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