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For Deep-Space Flights, NASA Wants Gas Stations for Space
NASA has quietly put out feelers for what the space agency calls an “In-Space Cryogenic Propellant Storage and Transfer Demonstration.” In civilian speak, that's gas stations in space.

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The space agency was dreaming big in 1971, also conceptualizing a proposed Orbital Liquid Hydrogen Depot.

(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center)

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An Earth-to-orbit fuel tanker approaches an orbital propellant depot, As envisioned by Marshall Space Flight Center Program Development planners in 1971.

(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center)

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Boeing's full concept, from 2007 said that "if there were a fuel depot available on orbit, one capable of being replenished at any time, the Earth departure stage could, after refueling, carry significantly more payload to the Moon."

(Boeing)

NASA_Orbital_Liquid_Hydrogen_Depot

The space agency was dreaming big in 1971, also conceptualizing a proposed Orbital Liquid Hydrogen Depot.

(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center)

NASA_Orbital_Propellant_Depot

An Earth-to-orbit fuel tanker approaches an orbital propellant depot, As envisioned by Marshall Space Flight Center Program Development planners in 1971.

(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center)

NASA_fuel_depot_images

Boeing's full concept, from 2007 said that "if there were a fuel depot available on orbit, one capable of being replenished at any time, the Earth departure stage could, after refueling, carry significantly more payload to the Moon."

(Boeing)

For Deep-Space Flights, NASA Wants Gas Stations for Space

NASA has quietly put out feelers for what the space agency calls an “In-Space Cryogenic Propellant Storage and Transfer Demonstration.” In civilian speak, that's gas stations in space.

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