NASA making steady headway with its deep space exploration programs
While the Space Launch System (SLS) has been the subject of several delays, the keystone to NASA’sdeep space exploration system has seen significant progress as of late. Indeed, SLS has cleared some key milestones on the road to Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1), which is currently targeting a 2020 launch date. Principal manufacturing of the super-heavy-lift rocket is essentially complete, with assembly and testing required before the vehicle can be certified for launch. Certifying such a large rocket is no easy feat, and requires flight-like hardware to be constructed and assembled for testing at various NASA centers across the country.The largest of these components is the core stage’s liquid hydrogen (LH2) tank. Holding more than 537,000 gallons (2.03 million liters) of supercooled liquid hydrogen, the mammoth tank was recently installed in Test Stand 4693 at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. For testing, the tank will be filled with inert liquid nitrogen and be subjected to stresses and loads that will simulate the conditions expected during launch and flight. - Alexander Kanellakos, Pres & CEO => MORE INFO
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FOLLOW THE BLACK COW ! – Spartan Metallurgical Company (SMC) was founded at San Jose State University in 1984 by Alexander Kanellakos, a fellow student and a Chair from the Material Science and Engineering Department. The company focused on developing commercial, industrial, and government aerospace related custom and ultra high-purity alloys and semiconductor grade metals and semiconductors. Because SMC uses raw materials and precious metals in many applications, we also work and invest in the commodities metals and bullion distributors to maintain price control and hedge investments when appropriate. Past proprietary products developed for customers include peritectic ternary alloys, sputtering bimetallic targets for semiconductor processing, amorphous silicon solar cells, non-stick tetra-titanium oxide cooking surfaces, aerospace, habitat self regulating heat pipe and cooling hardware, thick film
hybrid ceramic and ballistic substrates, ultra high purity metals, and ceramic chemical powders. Since its formation, SMC has branched out into other lucrative engineering fields and facilities development.such as: • Mining and Refining • Aerospace / Aviation Test • Research and Development • System Safety Engineering • Defense Contractor Oversight • Materials. Minerals and Resources • Performance and Government Bonds • International Trade and Worldwide Finance • Other Government and Commercial Services • Precious Metals Investing Advice and Research • Emerging Materials and Processes Development ~~~
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