NASA Recalculates To Save Weight On Launchers

By Frank Morring, Jr.

New analysis of one factor that drives structural design in launch vehicles suggests that weight savings of as much as 20% can be achieved in some large components and gives designers a much better understanding of the level of robustness needed for safety.

The NASA Engineering and Safety Center (NESC) at Langley Research Center has spent $13 million since 2007 ...

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