For Release: August 21, 1997
Ann C. Gaudreaux
RELEASE NO. 97-104
NOTE TO EDITORS: " Breaking Things" at NASA Langley
FULL-SCALE TECHNOLOGY SEGMENT OF RLV COMPOSITE INTERTANK
STRUCTURE TO BE TESTED AT NASA LANGLEY
A large full-scale technology segment of a composite intertank
structure for the Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV) program will be
tested at NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, Va., on Tuesday,
August 25 at 10 a.m. [NOTE: Rescheduled to Thursday, August
The tests will be conducted to validate the design, fabrication
and analysis tools needed for the development of the nation's
next-generation reusable launch vehicles.
The article will be tested by subjecting it to loads simulating
the vehicle's condition experienced during launch. One end of the
test article will be attached to the NASA Langley vertical test
support structure and the other end will undergo a uniform pressure
load applied by 21 hydraulic jacks equally spaced along the
circular arc of a ring frame of the test article.
The United States is developing a launch system that is
lightweight, robust, requires little maintenance or inspection, and
has low-cost operations as part of its design features. Future
launch systems will also greatly reduce the cost required to put a
pound of payload into orbit. The RLV program is developing various
ways of achieving that goal.
Members of the media are welcome to attend the test. For
information and directions, call Ann Gaudreaux in the Office of
Public Affairs at (757) 864-8150.
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