Boeing says it has successfully completed testing of the fuselage barrel, taking it to the 150 percent of load required for certification. Boeing also says it withstood more than 2.5G, which Boeing calls a “maneuver-condition maneuver,” and the resulting damage was less than expected.
NASA and Boeing developed a huge, carbon composite cryogenic fuel tank for deep space missions, and started testing it last month. The 18-ft cryotank will enable heavy-lift launch vehicles to send both humans and robots into deep space.
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