REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. (WHNT) – Employees at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center are getting ready to welcome equipment critical to the future of deep space exploration.
NASA’s Super Guppy, quite the sight itself, delivered the tank on Thursday morning.
The technology is going to be tested right here in the Tennessee valley on Redstone Arsenal.
The 18-foot-diameter cryotank will be installed at Marshall Space Flight Center’s test facility.
The cyrotank will undergo a series of tests at extreme pressures and temperatures similar to those experienced during spaceflight.
Metal tanks have carried fuel to launch rockets and propelled them into space for more than 50 years.
NASA says the cryogenic fuel tanks could provide significant cost and weight reductions on future launch vehicles.