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Center Independent Research & Development: GSFC IRAD

Rapidly Extending And Contracting Tubular (REACT) Boom System Development

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This project aims to create a prototype retractable, reel stored, tubular boom system with the capability to hold a magnetically sensitive science instrument or technology demonstration away from the bulk of a Sounding Rocket payload. This development was outlined as a key technology focus area for both the Suborbital Platforms and Range Services (SPARS) and Heliophysics Science Division (HSD) lines of business. The main objective of this development will be to design, fabricate, assemble, and ground test a prototype boom system with the capabilities required for both a sampling experiment and an occulting disk experiment.

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