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Testing On 3-D Printer Completed By NASA
2014-06-25 03:20:49

NASA A 3-D printer that astronauts call their version of a "Star Trek" replicator has just completed a series of tests at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, verifying it is ready to be launched to the International Space Station later this year. In-space additive manufacturing, or 3-D printing, has the potential to revolutionize every aspect of space exploration from printing small critical parts and tools to eventually building larger structures in space....

Structural Test Stands For Space Launch System To Be Built At Marshall Space Flight Center
2014-05-07 03:40:06

By Megan Davidson, NASA NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) will have the largest cryogenic fuel tanks ever used on a rocket. Stands to test the tanks and other hardware to ensure that these huge structures can withstand the incredible stresses of launch will be built at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. NASA is contracting for the construction of the test stands through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which has awarded a $45.3 million contract to Brasfield...

NASA Demonstrates Space Launch System Adaptive Controls
2014-03-23 14:22:05

Leslie Williams, Public Affairs, NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center Can a rocket maneuver like an airplane? And can an airplane act as a surrogate for a maneuvering rocket? NASA engineers demonstrated just that when they used a NASA F/A-18 aircraft recently to simulate a rocket in its early flight phase to test adaptive software for NASA's new rocket the Space Launch System (SLS), the largest, most powerful launch vehicle for deep space missions. The tests are helping engineers...

2014-03-14 16:20:29

WASHINGTON, March 14, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA Administrator Charles Bolden toured on March 14 the agency's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., where testing is underway on the avionics unit for the largest, most powerful rocket ever built. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO At Marshall's System Integration Laboratory, Bolden, along with staff from Alabama's congressional delegation and community leaders, had the opportunity to view the...

lightning from space
2014-03-05 07:37:26

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Just as you might keep a spare tire in your car, or a spare filter for your air conditions, NASA keeps spares as well. These "spare" flight hardware units allow NASA to continue work without interruption in the event that something goes down for repair. These spare parts are kept even after the project ends, sometimes finding second lives in new areas. A sophisticated piece of flight hardware, called a Lightning Imaging Sensor (LIS),...

To Improve Rocket Designs NASA Engineers Will Crush Giant Fuel Tank
2013-12-09 12:24:33

NASA Think of it as high-tech can crushing. Only the can is enormous, as big as part of the largest rocket ever made. During a series of tests from Dec. 9-13 at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., engineers will apply nearly a million pounds of force to the top of an empty but pressurized rocket fuel tank. The test will eventually buckle and destroy the structure of the thin cylindrical tank wall while instruments precisely measure and record everything, millisecond...

Algorithms Plus F/A-18 Jet Equal Vital Testing For SLS Flight Control System
2013-11-20 08:27:56

NASA Raise your hand if, in a math class, you ever said, "When will I ever use this in my life?" Four young engineers at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., can answer that question: They are using math to develop algorithms, or complex step-by-step equations, that can make an F/A-18 fighter jet fly like the Space Launch System (SLS) -- NASA's next heavy-lift launch vehicle. Marshall's Eric Gilligan and Tannen VanZwieten; Jeb Orr, a Draper Laboratory employee;...

Hardware Ready For Pressure Testing In Preparation For Upcoming Orion Launch
2013-10-22 09:57:11

NASA The design and fabrication of critical flight hardware that will be used to keep NASA’s Orion spacecraft safe during launch was recently completed at Janicki Industries in Hamilton, Wash. The hardware arrived Sept. 26 at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. for final preparations before Orion's first mission planned for September 2014. Orion's stage adapter diaphragm serves as a barrier between the upper-stage of the launch vehicle and the spacecraft,...

Engineers Flip Adapter Furthering Progress Toward 2014 Exploration Flight Test
2013-05-23 10:18:59

[ Watch The Video Flipping Adapters for Space Launch System ] NASA Engineers at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., recently flipped an adapter -- no easy feat when you're talking about 1,000 pounds of aluminum -- furthering progress toward Exploration Flight Test (EFT)-1 in 2014 and providing early experience for Space Launch System (SLS) hardware ahead of the rocket's first flight in 2017. The flip is an important step in finishing the machining work on the...


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2012-01-13 17:31:29

Jan Davis is a former American astronaut and a veteran of three space flights. She was born Nancy Jan Smotherman on November 1, 1953 in Cocoa Beach, Florida. She grew up in Huntsville, Alabama and graduated from Huntsville High School in 1971. She then went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Biology from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1975 and another in mechanical engineering from Auburn University in 1977. Davis also attended the University of Alabama in Huntsville,...

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