How Nasa spent $450m to build a engine-test tower it never used

December 16, 2014 7:08 PM

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How Nasa spent $450m to build a engine-test tower it never used

DISAPPOINTED: "It's heartbreaking to know that ... you thought you'd done something good," says David Forshee, who spent 18 months as the general foreman for the pipe fitters who helped build the tower. "And all you've done is go around in a damn circle, like a dog chasing his tail."

In June, Nasa finished work on a huge construction project in Gulfport, Mississippi: a US$349 million (NZ$450m) laboratory tower, designed to test a new rocket engine in a chamber that mimicked the vacuum of space.

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