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University Capstone Projects: Small Investments Big Rewards

By Laurie Stauber   Looking for solutions to vexing technical problems can sometimes yield serendipitous results. Here at Glenn Research Center, the search for new medical expertise that will be needed for long-duration spaceflight has led to an unexpected, mutually beneficial relationship with several universities.

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Steinetz and Dunlap are pictured with their thermal barrier and patent. Credit: NASA
2004 Invention of the Year

Laurie Stauber A phone call from a concerned Thiokol engineer in 1997 led Dr. Bruce Steinetz and Mr. Patrick Dunlap of the Glenn Research Center to work on developing a flexible barrier that could withstand the extreme temperatures generated by solid rocket motors.

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