The Labs That Go Boom: The Propulsion Research Center Builds A Better Rocket
Home base for some of tomorrow's great rocket scientists
Lab: Propulsion Research Center at the University of Alabama at Huntsville
Career: Rocket scientist, aircraft designer, missile systems engineer
Strategically located a few miles from NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, the Propulsion Research Center has been a proving ground for some of the world’s top rocket scientists since its inception in 1991.
In addition to making rockets that launch payloads into orbit, says interim director Robert Frederick, students will soon begin work on new nuclear propulsion systems that could reach Mars in weeks instead of months.