Image Caption: The first test piece produced on the M2 Cusing Machine — a new Selective Laser Machine recently installed in Building 4707 at the Marshall Center to be used to build parts for the Space Launch System.
(Pen is included for scale.)
Credit: NASA/MSFC/Andy Hardin

Futuristic Technology Used To Build NASA’s Space Launch System

November 8, 2012

NASA

NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. is using a method called selective laser melting, or SLM, to create intricate metal parts for America’s next heavy-lift rocket. Using this state-of-the-art technique will benefit the agency by saving millions in manufacturing costs.

NASA is building the Space Launch System or SLS — a rocket managed at the Marshall Center and designed to take humans, equipment and experiments beyond low Earth orbit to nearby asteroids and eventually to Mars.

SLM is similar to 3-D printing and is the future of manufacturing.

Read more: NASA Uses Futuristic Technology To Build Space Launch System – Space News – redOrbit.

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