Westminster Manufacturer Wins NASA ContractCarleton Technologies Pressure Technology Division
of Westminster has been selected by NASA
to design, develop, fabricate and deliver a propellant tank for the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM)
project managed by Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD. The
total estimated cost-plus award fee over 7 million dollars.
conventional tanks constructed of titanium or steel, the "demiseable"
GPM propellant tank is designed to burn up when the GPM Core spacecraft
re-enters the atmosphere at the end of its life. The contractor will be
required to design, fabricate, assemble, test and deliver a
proof-of-concept development tank, qualification tank, flight tank,
ground support equipment and lifting hardware, as well as deliver the
necessary items for process verification.
propellant tank will contain all of the fuel used for maneuvering the
GPM Core spacecraft in orbit, and is a critical component of the
spacecraft. The GPM mission is one of the next generation of
satellite-based Earth science missions that will study global rain,
snow and ice. The GPM Core Spacecraft is the "flagship" of
the Global Precipitation Measurement mission and is slated for launch
in July 2013.
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