8/13/2015 | 1 MINUTE READ

Auburn University, NASA Form Space Act Agreement

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The organizations have agreed to explore and develop additive manufacturing applications related to space travel.

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John Mason, left, Auburn University vice president for research and economic development, and Patrick Scheuermann, director of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, sign a Space Act Agreement to explore and advance the applications of additive manufacturing.

Auburn University (Auburn, Alabama) and NASA have signed a Space Act Agreement to explore and advance the applications of additive manufacturing. The signing occurred during the university’s forum on additive manufacturing which was co-sponsored by the school and the City of Auburn Industrial development board.

In addition to focusing on additive manufacturing, the agreement is also designed to advance STEM disciplines by engaging students and teachers in NASA’s missions; investigating and developing technologies; and sharing facilities, capabilities and technical expertise.

"As we continue developing the agency's powerful new rocket, the Space Launch System, for deep-space missions to an asteroid and a journey to Mars, additive manufacturing techniques are making it possible to create and test innovative new designs quickly and affordably," said Patrick Scheuermann, director of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. "Marshall is also pioneering the use of 3D printers in space, and the recycling and sustainability of advanced manufacturing materials needed to enable long-term missions. We're pleased to partner with industry and academia as we focus on technologies that not only are central to the nation's space mission but also benefit aerospace and other activities on Earth."

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