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News Archive / Tagged: Michoud Assembly Facility

  • First segment of Orion capsule delivered for assembly ahead of Artemis III mission

    Theresa CrossSeptember 10th, 2020

    Lockheed Martin takes delivery and begins production of the Artemis III Orion capsule, as the first parts of the pressure vessel are delivered to the Michoud Assembly Facility in Louisiana.

  • COVID-19 precautions lead to Stage 4 site restrictions at NASA’s Stennis, Michoud facilities

    Matt HaskellMarch 20th, 2020

    NASA’s Stennis Space Center (Mississippi) and Michoud Assembly Facility (Louisiana) are being elevated to stage 4 of NASA’s COVID-19 (Coronavirus) response framework, due to increased case counts being recorded in the local communities.

  • COVID-19 concerns see all NASA centers elevated to Response Framework Stage 3

    Matt HaskellMarch 18th, 2020

    Throughout the world, a novel coronavirus disease (known formally as COVID-19) has begun to take hold and is quickly bringing changes to the world as we know it.

  • NASA completes SLS core stage in preparation for Artemis 1 mission

    Curt GodwinDecember 10th, 2019

    Boeing completes milestone in 15-year-long effort to reignite crewed deep space missions.

  • SLS Artemis 1 core stage nearing completion

    Scott JohnsonJuly 7th, 2019

    NEW ORLEANS, La. - The core stage (CS-1) for the first flight (Artemis 1 (formerly Exploration Mission 1 (EM-1)) of NASA's next super-heavy lift launch vehicle, the Space Launch System (SLS), is nearing completion at the agency's Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF) in New Orleans.

  • 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.