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World's most powerful engine blazes path for space launch system advanced propulsion

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A gas generator from an F-1 engine is test fired at the Marshall Space Flight Center. (Credit: NASA/MSFC/Emmett Given)

Jan. 26, 2013 — To help develop the nation's future heavy lift rocket, NASA resurrected the world's most powerful rocket engine ever flown -- the mighty F-1 that powered the Saturn V rocket-- and test fired its gas generator today at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.

NASA engineers ran the gas generator at the Marshall Center's Test Stand 116. The test is part of a series that will push the gas generator to limits beyond prior Apollo-era tests. Modern instruments on the test stand measured performance and combustion properties to allow engineers a starting point for...

Fast forward to the past: NASA technologists test 'game-changing' data-processing technology

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Goddard technologist Jonathan Pellish holds a Goddard-developed digital test board (larger) and the IRAD-developed daughter card containing the analog-based data-processing integrated circuit. The daughter card snaps into the digital test board and will be used to test a number of spaceflight processing applications. (Credit: NASA/Goddard/Pat Izzo)

BestAstronomy (Nov. 27, 2012) — It's a digital world. Or is it? NASA technologist Jonathan Pellish isn't convinced. In...

Novel power system for space travel tested

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John Bounds of Los Alamos National Laboratory's Advanced Nuclear Technology Division makes final adjustments on the DUFF experiment, a demonstration of a simple, robust fission reactor prototype that could be used as a power system for space travel. DUFF is the first demonstration of a space nuclear reactor system to produce electricity in the United States since 1965. (Credit: Image courtesy of DOE/Los Alamos National Laboratory)

BestAstronomy (Nov. 26, 2012) — A...

NASA's Space Launch System using futuristic technology to build the next generation of rockets

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First test piece produced on the M2 Cusing Machine at the Marshall Center. (Credit: NASA/MSFC/Andy Hardin)

BestAstronomy (Nov. 8, 2012) — NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. is using a method called selective laser melting, or SLM, to create intricate metal parts for America's next heavy-lift rocket. Using this state-of-the-art technique will benefit the agency by saving millions in manufacturing costs.

NASA is building the Space Launch...

NASA's Vehicle Assembly Building prepared for multiple rockets

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As part of NASA's Ground Systems Development and Operations Program, a space shuttle-era work platform is being moved to the floor high bay 3 of the VAB. GSDO is developing the ground systems, infrastructure and operational approaches to safely process, the next generation of rockets and spacecraft. (Credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann)

BestAstronomy (Nov. 8, 2012) — The Vehicle Assembly Building, or VAB, at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida is undergoing renovations to...