Three companies will conduct engineering demonstrations of technology with potential applications to the advanced, twin strap-on boosters NASA wants to beef up its heavy-lift Space Launch System (SLS) from 70 metric tons to 130. Among work to be done under the $137.3 million in contracts will be an attempt to recreate several elements of the massive F-1 engine that powered the Saturn V Moon rocket, as well as a shuttle-heritage solid-rocket motor with a composite case and composite ...

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