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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...

2013-03-13 09:48:44

NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, the agency's only large-scale advanced manufacturing facility, soon will be building liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanks with commercial applications on Earth. In a ceremony Tuesday that included Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Lockheed Martin Corp. of Bethesda, Md., announced it is drawing on the unique experience and equipment at Michoud to manufacture the LNG tanks. Michoud also is crafting components for a new generation of NASA spacecraft...

2011-03-23 14:15:00

WASHINGTON, March 23, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA put the squeeze on a large rocket test section today. Results from this structural strength test at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., will help future heavy-lift launch vehicles weigh less and reduce development costs. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) This trailblazing project is examining the safety margins needed in the design of future, large launch vehicle structures. Test...

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2011-03-23 09:21:15

It's almost one-million pounds of force on the "can," and they want to see it buckle. Watch live TV coverage on NASA Television's Education Channel and the agency's website as NASA engineers test an immense aluminum-lithium rocket fuel tank on Wednesday, March 23, 10:30 a.m. EDT from NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. The hope is to use data from the test to generate new "shell-buckling design factors" that will enable lightweight, safe and sturdy "skins" for future...

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2011-01-26 08:30:00

Space shuttle Discovery's external fuel tank has taken on a bit of a starring role for the STS-133 mission because of the extra work needed to handle the unexpected challenges presented by the tank's stringers. Technicians have been working on the stringers as the shuttle stands inside the Vehicle Assembly Building. Some of the 108 stringers, which are support beams that make up the corrugated intertank portion of the external tank, developed small cracks during fueling for a Nov. 5, 2010,...

2010-12-20 18:00:00

Space shuttle Discovery is scheduled to roll back from Launch Pad 39A to the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida for additional work related to its final scheduled mission. The first motion of the shuttle is targeted for 12:30 a.m. EST on Tuesday, Dec. 21. In the VAB, technicians will scan below the foam insulation surrounding the intertank section of Discovery's external tank to look for any issues, such as cracks. They also will reapply foam after...

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2010-12-16 07:40:42

NASA will conduct a tanking test at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Friday, Dec. 17, to evaluate repairs made to space shuttle Discovery's external fuel tank. Managers decided Dec. 3 to perform more tests and analysis before proceeding with Discovery's STS-133 mission to the International Space Station. The test will air live on NASA Television beginning at 6:45 a.m. EST. Discovery's external tank will be filled with liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen, as it is before launch....

2010-12-03 12:31:00

WASHINGTON, Dec. 3, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA managers have targeted space shuttle Discovery's launch for no earlier than Feb. 3 at 1:34 a.m. EST. Shuttle managers determined more tests and analysis are needed before proceeding with the launch of the STS-133 mission to the International Space Station. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The Program Requirements Control Board met Thursday and reviewed engineering evaluations associated with cracks on...


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