Drake State Community & Technical College is shooting for the Moon and has set a historic precedent on the way.Marshall Space Flight Center selected Drake State as a partner to develop 3D printing technologies that will help prepare for sustainable Artemis operations on the Moon by the end of the decade and for future human missions to Mars.

With the selection, Drake State becomes the first community college and only Historically Black Community College to receive a cooperative agreement award from Marshall’s Cooperative Agreement Notice program since its inception in 2013.

“Being Huntsville’s community college, we’re especially proud to have received this CAN award,” said Dr. Patricia Sims, President of Drake State Community & Technical College. “We’ve been a part of the Rocket City since 1961. The opportunity to support NASA with our research project is truly exciting.”Drake State submitted a proposal to Marshall’s seventh competitive CAN for Dual-Use Technology Development solicitation.

The award will fund collaborative research in support of NASA’s Moon to Mars Planetary Autonomous Construction Technologies project. This project aims to develop, deliver, and demonstrate capabilities to protect astronauts and create infrastructure on the lunar surface via construction of landing pads, habitats, shelters, roadways, berms and blast shields using lunar regolith-based materials.

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