NASA puts composite cryotank through its paces

September 2, 2014 11:00 AM

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NASA puts composite cryotank through its paces

NASA successfully completed a multitude of tests on what the space agency described as one of the largest composite cryogenic fuel tanks ever manufactured. Meeting this milestone means the aerospace industry is one step closer to designing, building, and flying lightweight, composite tanks (“cryotanks”) on launch vehicles. Composite systems, and other next-generation technologies, have the potential to make rockets more efficient and less costly.

“This is one of NASA’s major technology accomplishments for 2014,” said Michael Gazarik, NASA’s associate administrator for Space Technology, in a NASA press release. “This is the type of technology that can improve competitiveness for the entire U.S. launch industry, not to mention other industries...

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