By Grant Segal, Ramen Dealer | Posted on March 17, 2019 at 04:55
NASA Glenn designs and tests tires for vehicles to strike the moon and Mars. After declining in the 2000s and facing death threats, NASA Glen is growing as a leader in world science and the regional economy. Lisa DeJong / Flat Dealer.
BROK PARK, Ohio – Once on Monday played a major role in the television broadcasting agency and the draft budget, NASA's Glenn's growing trajectory has grown even more.
Glenn was the only clean research center shown on NASA television, set up mostly in the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, cutting off only the Johnson Space Station in Houston and Glen. The seven other NASA centers stayed in the dark.
Meanwhile, President Trump has asked Congress to give NASA $ 21.02 billion for the fiscal year 2020, just under 21.5 billion MPs who gave the agency for the fiscal year 2019. But he proposed $ 882 million for Glenn, an increase of 3.8 percent. The Brook Park Center has already risen from $ 697 million in 2019 to a projected $ 850 million this year.
It's not bad for a hub that broke up in the mid-2000s and speculated he was doomed.
"It's like night and day," said Thomas Hartline, director of Glen's facilities, tests and production at the end of last year.
NASA Glenn tested a model in 2017 on a low-powered supersonic aircraft and should test the latest version in May. President Trump proposed another increase in the Glenn budget, this time by almost 4 percent. Marvin Fong / Flat Dealer.
Since that decade, Glenn survived several budget threats, partial federal imprisonments and major shifts in the goals of one president to another. Ruben Dell Rosario, director of aeronautics at the center, says NASA needs a strong Glenn, regardless of that.
"The mission can change," he says, "but the techniques and research you need do not change so much. The challenges keep us relatively stable. Year by year, we continue to be budgeted higher than expected."
Glenn's spokeswoman Jan Vitry says NASA believes Glenn "because of our rich history and with strong expertise in space power and plant, as well as with the capacities to test the world-class space environment."
Graphite walls help protect the vacuum chamber hosted with power tests and power equipment, Glenn's long-standing specialty. Lisa DeJong / Flat Dealer.
Two researchers spoke Monday of Glen's leading work of power and drive, past and present. The center manages the design of the power and propulsion element for the Gateway platform, which should orbit around the moon in the long run.
Glenn also manages the design of the Power, Plant, Air, Water and Climate Control Module of the Orion spacecraft to visit the Moon next year and to deliver the first part of the portal – the Glen Element – in 2022.
Orion is scheduled to return the astronauts to the moon in 2028 and ultimately take them to Mars.