I can't comment on my interaction with NASA but I get Titanium at the local steel peddler. I checked the price of it today and man is it expensive. I can get a 3/8' O.D. solid round at 20' for $165. After running the numbers, it would take more than $35 each to break even to make 8 of them from 1 stick of material. Hardly worth it at $40 each, no wonder Ti parts are so expensive. Sounds like Flackos deal is/was a good one.
oh yeah try to buy titanium T.I.G. welding rods then you'll see
how expensive it will get
oh i'd say then if you performed that kind of test then its tubing if it bent that easy round stock is not only more heavier and expenive it'll be tougher to bend