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Super Guppy Plane Heads to Huntsville

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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WZDX) - NASA's Super Guppy plane will arrive in Huntsville Wednesday carrying a new piece of hardware for what NASA calls "game changing" testing.

The Super Guppy is bringing one of the largest cryogenic fuel tanks ever made, which NASA said will help enable deep-space exploration. The tank is 18 feet in diameter.

The new tanks that will be tested are made of composite materials as opposed to metal tanks. NASA said the new tanks could reduce weight and costs.

The testing at Marshall Space Flight Center will focus on extreme pressures and temperatures like those experienced in space.

The Super Guppy will arrive with the tank around 5:45 p.m. Wednesday at Redstone Airfield. NASA said it will be visible looking north to northwest from the U.S. Space and Rocket Center.

 

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