Near-net extrusion process produces special-shaped titanium and stainless-steel components for manufacturers in the automotive, aerospace, defense, machine tool, and industrial equipment manufacturing industries. Near-net extrusion operation begins with a solid round bar of titanium or stainless steel that is cut into shorter billets. Each billet is induction-heated to the correct extrusion temperature and coated with a powdered glass during transfer to the extrusion chamber.
On April 15, 2010, President Barack Obama gave a major speech at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, announcing that the US would send astronauts to Mars by the mid-2030s. But in order to do so, NASA would first need to ramp up its capabilities through missions directed toward "a series of increasingly demanding targets," i.e. asteroids.
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