The NASA Huntsville Marshall Space Flight Center is expanding its partnership with the University of Alabama to collaborate on modern and space-based production, a priority in the space agency's efforts to bring US astronauts back to and beyond the moon  ] The agreement aims to improve inventive research that aids space exploration and to boost tomorrow's space workforce education.
Marshall Director Jodie Singer and US President Stuart Bell signed a memorandum of understanding on Wednesday at the Rose Administration building at OAO shortly before OAO space days.
Space production involves the production of mission-required materials using components brought from Earth or collected by the moon or Mars. It can include additive manufacturing processes such as 3-D printing with plastics, electronics or metals, along with the ability to design and characterize materials.
"Production additive is a fast-paced, disruptive technology," Singer says. "As NASA continues to invest in space-based technology innovations, we welcome collaboration with industry and academia to develop these technologies.
"I applaud the University of Alabama for pursuing the development of modern technology that will help NASA accomplish our mission. "
EXTENSION OF EXPERTISE
UA will improve its core curriculum in advanced and aerospace manufacturing and encourage new collaboration to refine this emerging technology.
Areas of emphasis include modeling, analysis and simulation, data analytics, robotics, rendezvous and capture, navigation, advanced materials, on-site resource utilization, 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 leading challenges," Bell said.
"Working for further production in space ing will establish expertise of the university in this area while training a skilled workforce that our country can count on to remain competitive in the global economy. ”
Marshall has worked with the UA through multiple space law agreements since 2015. Through these agreements, and other partnership mechanisms, NASA shares resources, personnel, and expertise, facilities and equipment, and technology to enhance aerospace exploration or to achieve mission objectives.
Marshall has entered into space law agreements with numerous colleges, including state Institutions Auburn University, Alabama A&M University of Huntsville and the University of North Alabama in Florence
"NASA is actively partnering with universities and industry across the country to stimulate and accelerate the development of techno ogiite in key areas, especially areas that will enable sustainable living and working on the lunar surface, achieving the vision of Artemis, "said Singer.
Artemis is NASA's Path to the Moon and the Next Step in Exploring Our Solar System. Through Artemis, NASA will land the first woman and next man on the moon by 2024, aided by innovative partners, technologies and systems.
NASA invests in innovative space production technologies that will help develop the technology solutions needed to enable human missions to the moon, Mars and other space destinations.
(Courtesy of Alabama)