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Andrews Space to develop composite tank for US Air Force Research Laboratory

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Fri Oct 26, 2007 11:04 pm
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SEATTLE, WA, (Andrews Space) — Andrews Space, Inc. recently received a $1.2M contract to plan, design, develop, fabricate, deliver, and assist in the testing of a cryogenically insulated, integrated tank and structure for the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). Under the contract, through the University of Dayton Research Institute, a pathfinder experiment will provide risk reduction for one of the ground experiments planned by the Air Force in support of AFRL’s Future-responsive Access to Space Technology (FAST) Program.

The pathfinder experiment will be used to examine selected design, manufacturing and testing issues associated with reusable launch vehicle airframe structures that include large-scale, structurally integrated composite cryogenic tanks. Andrews’ previous involvement in the FAST Program includes a three month effort to design the program requirements and options for technology experiments enabling the development of an Operationally Responsive Space (ORS) capability for the nation. This new seven month effort will allow for further reduction of risk to ORS capabilities and for maturation of the key technologies which will be a part of that overall architecture.

“Andrews is pleased to support the Air Force Research Laboratory as it develops the core technologies from which Operationally Responsive Space will evolve,” said Mike Wolfert, Andrew’s Director of Defense and Homeland Security Programs. “This initiative sets the foundation for the evolution of that new space launch capability. Our work on the Pathfinder exercise will be an important step in that evolution, and we welcome that challenge.”

About the Company:
Andrews Space, Inc. was founded in 1999 to be a catalyst in the commercialization and development of space. The company is an affordable integrator of aerospace systems and developer of advanced space technologies. To learn more, please visit: www.andrews-space.com.

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