NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville extends its partnership with the University of Alabama to collaborate on advanced and in-space manufacturing, a priority in space agency efforts to get American astronauts back to the Moon and beyond.
The agreement aims to enhance imaginative research that helps explore space and strengthen the education of an aerospace workforce tomorrow.
Marshall Director Jody Singer and UA President Stuart Bell signed a memorandum of understanding Wednesday in the university's Rose Administration Building shortly before Space Days at the UA official kickoff.
Space manufacturing involves the manufacture of mission-critical materials using substances brought from Earth or gathered from the moon or Mars. It can include additive processes such as 3-D printing with plastic, electronics or metal along with the capabilities to design and identify materials.
"The goal of labor is a rapidly evolving, disruptive technology," Singer says. "As NASA continues to invest in in-space additive technology innovation, we welcome partnerships with industry and academia to develop these technologies.
" I applaud the University of Alabama for promoting development of advanced technologies that will help NASA achieve our mission. ", robotics, rendezvous and capture, navigation, advanced material, on-site resource use, additive manufacturing, digital design, and manufacturing and construction.
" Our partnership with NASA is an important priority in our efforts to provide opportunities for our students and researchers to offer solutions to the leading challenges, "says Bell.
" Working to further create space spaces the University will build expertise in the area while Trained a skilled worker in our state can hope to remain competitive in the global economy. ”
Marshall has collaborated with the UA through multiple Space Act Agreements since 2015. Through these agreements and other cooperative mechanisms, NASA distributes resources, personnel and expertise, equipment and materials, and technology in the UA to advance aerospace research or achieve mission goals. University of Huntsville and University of North Alabama in Florence.
"NASA is actively collaborating with universities and industries from around the country to leverage and accelerate the development of technology in key areas, particularly areas that will make it possible to continue living and working in lunar life. surface, achieved the vision of Artemis, ”Singer said.
Artemis is NASA The path to the Moon and the next step in human exploration of our solar system. Through Artemis, NASA will be the first woman and next man on the Moon by 2024, assisted by innovative partners, technologies and systems.
NASA is investing in innovative in-space manufacturing technologies that will help develop the technological solutions needed to enable human missions to the Moon, Mars and other distant destinations in space.
(Courtesy of Alabama)