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News Archive / Tagged: Michoud Assembly Facility

  • Problems aside, NASA moves toward SLS structural testing at Marshall

    Christopher PaulJuly 5th, 2017

    Moving beyond a site selection controversy and production problems that caused headlines in May, NASA is working to complete a Space Launch System (SLS) structural test article at the Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF) in Louisiana.

  • SLS structural test article arrives at Marshall

    Scott JohnsonMay 17th, 2017

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — On May 15, NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) core stage engine section structural test article (STA) arrived at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) in Huntsville, Alabama. The STA will soon be placed in a test stand located in MSFC's Building 4619 and subjected to extreme loads to certify the section for flight.

  • Space Launch System test hardware damaged in incident

    Derek RichardsonMay 11th, 2017

    The aft dome of a liquid oxygen tank test article for the Space Launch System (SLS) core stage was damaged in an incident at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, according to a Marshall Space Flight Center public affairs officer.

  • Tornado damages NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility

    Jason RhianFebruary 7th, 2017

    NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF) was the site of a confirmed tornado strike at 11:25 a.m. CST (12:25 p.m. EST / 17:25 GMT). So far, only minor injuries have been reported and NASA is accounting for all of its personnel and contractors as well as assessing damage caused by the storm.

  • Massive SLS test stand completed at Marshall

    David BrownJanuary 13th, 2017

    NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, located in Huntsville, Alabama, recently marked the completion of major construction for Test Stand 4693, wrapping up work that began in May 2014. Engineers will now connect networks of cables, pipes, valves control systems, cameras, and other equipment needed to test the massive Space Launch System (SLS) hydrogen tank.

  • Video: NASA releases construction time-lapse of SLS qualification tank

    Derek RichardsonAugust 17th, 2016

    As the first launch of the massive Space Launch System (SLS) gets closer, more and more hardware is produced. In this multi-view, 60-second time-lapse video, NASA shows the creation of the 130-foot (39.6-meter) long liquid hydrogen fuel tank qualification unit at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans.

  • Welding completed on first piece of SLS Exploration Mission 1 hardware

    Jason RhianApril 18th, 2016

    The engine section of NASA's new SLS rocket has undergone final welding at the space agency's Michoud Assembly Facility located near New Orleans. This is the first major piece of flight hardware to finish welding prior to Exploration Mission 1 – an all-important test flight of the new rocket.

  • NASA’s Bill Hill talks SLS scheduling and Exploration Upper Stage

    Scott JohnsonJanuary 29th, 2016

    NEW ORLEANS, La. — On Jan. 26, while at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility, SpaceFlight Insider had the chance to speak with Bill Hill, the agency's deputy associate administrator for Exploration Systems Development, and Steve Doering, SLS' Core Stage manager. During our conversation, we gained an update on key SLS issues.

  • Road to EM-1: Orion one step closer to next flight

    Jason RhianJanuary 21st, 2016

    NASA and Lockheed Martin have completed another important step toward having the space agency's new crew-rated Orion spacecraft venture out to the Moon. On Jan. 13 of this year, engineers in New Orleans finished welding work on the capsule-shaped craft's primary structure.

  • Orion prepared for next mission

    Joe LatrellSeptember 10th, 2015

    The first components of the new Orion capsule have been welded together at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF). Engineers at the facility have started the construction of the second Orion capsule capable of transporting humans to the Moon since the launch of Apollo 17 in 1972.

  • Generations: The people of the Space Launch System

    Scott JohnsonSeptember 6th, 2015

    NASA and Boeing are working together to produce the core stage of a massive new rocket – the Space Launch System – which is intended to propel crews further into space than ever before. This effort requires more than just hardware – it also requires people.

  • Orion pathfinder coming together in preparation for EM-1

    Jason RhianAugust 18th, 2015

    NASA is making steady progress toward having the next Orion spacecraft launch on the space agency's new super heavy-lift booster, the Space Launch System or "SLS." Orion is being welded together at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans - in preparation for a 2018 flight around the Moon.

  • What have we accomplished in three years? Life after STS-135

    Heather SmithJuly 12th, 2014

    On a hot summer morning in July of 2011, Space Shuttle Atlantis launched from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida marking the final flight of the Space Shuttle Program. It not only marked the end of the U.S.’ crewed program of record – but all signaled a potential turning point. What has the U.S. space […]

  • NASA’s commercial partners make strides toward launching astronauts

    Collin SkocikMarch 2nd, 2014

    With escalating tensions in the Ukraine damaging U.S.-Russian relations and possibly jeopardizing American access to the International Space Station (ISS), recent accomplishments suggest NASA’s dependence on Soyuz-access to the ISS might be drawing to a close. NASA’s private partners under the space agency’s Commercial Crew Program (CCP) have made steady progress toward being able to send astronauts to […]

  • NASA’s Commercial Crew Program set to make large strides in 2014

    Jason RhianJanuary 16th, 2014

    NASA’s Commercial Crew Program is poised to make great strides in the coming year, ones which could serve to validate the two-pronged approach on which the space agency has been directed. NASA is to return to the business of sending crews to deep space missions to destinations such as an asteroid in the mid 2020s […]