Posts Tagged ‘MAF’

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Piecing together NASA’s crewed Deep Space spacecraft


The first Orion spacecraft that will be capable of transporting NASA astronauts into deep space is now being constructed. Although it won’t launch until 2022 at the earliest,…

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Preparing the adaptor – LVSA readies for SLS debut


NASA is getting ready to apply spray-on foam insulation (SOFI) to the outside of the Launch Vehicle Stage Adapter (LVSA) that will fly as a part of the…

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SLS Core Stage Pathfinder prepares for barge ride to MAF


A full-scale model of a Space Launch System (SLS) Core Stage, called the Core Stage Pathfinder, was recently completed at a plant in Northern Alabama, and will soon…

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MAF in major push to bring SLS production back to full thrust


Impacted by significant disruptions in recent months, a wide range of assembly and production work for the Space Launch System (SLS) Core Stage nevertheless continues at the Michoud…

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SLS Core Stage team recovering from consequences of weld pin change


NASA and Space Launch System (SLS) Core Stage prime contractor Boeing recently resumed welding elements for the launch vehicle’s first flight after a technical issue suspended welding last…

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Pegasus trip to Marshall for SLS engine section STA


As the facility continues repairs of tornado damaged infrastructure and looks to find workspace for displaced tenants, NASA, Space Launch System (SLS) Core Stage prime contractor Boeing, and…

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MAF recovering from tornado strike, aims to protect SLS critical path


While NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF) continues to work through a recovery effort following last month’s tornado, Steve Doering, SLS Stages Element Manager, has provided a recent assessment…

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MAF hit by tornado; all personnel safe as damage assessments begin


NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF) has been hit by a tornado in the early afternoon hours of Tuesday.  The immediate extent of damage and injuries is not yet known,…

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Proof is in the Core as SLS pushes towards maiden launch


The first fully-welded Space Launch System (SLS) Core Stage propellant tank was recently moved to its proof testing facility at the Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF), to begin final…

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Boeing and NASA prepare for the assembly of the first SLS rocket


Prime contractor Boeing recently discussed the current progress of assembly and production for the first Core Stage elements of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS). With assembly of the…

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MAF Roadmap: Preparing the SLS first core stages for testing and flight


The Structural Test Articles (STA) that will make up the first core stage of the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket is in the final phase of construction at…

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NASA facilities, teams ramp up SLS flight production for 2018 maiden flight


NASA is ramping up production of hardware and flight elements for the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket, set to make its debut flight in 2018, as various construction…

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Road to EM-1: NASA outlines hardware milestones to SLS debut flight


With approximately three years to go before the inaugural flight of the Space Launch System rocket, NASA has developed the integrated mission milestone processing flow for the EM-1 flight. The flow, which…

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EM-1: MAF gearing up for SLS Core Stage production


NASA and Boeing are ramping up their preparations to begin full-scale production of the first Space Launch System (SLS) Core Stage assembly. The schedule calls for the completion…

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EM-1 Orion begins assembly as CDR process continues


The Exploration Mission -1 (EM-1) Orion is now being welded together at the Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF) in New Orleans ahead of its 2018 flight with the maiden…

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SLS Program pushing toward Critical Design Review


The Space Launch System (SLS) management have set the milestones and dates for the upcoming Critical Design Review (CDR). This key review will serve as the rocket’s graduation ceremony,…

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NASA ready to power up the RS-25 engines for SLS


NASA is finally ready to begin the test fire and development program for the engines that will push the Space Launch System (SLS) uphill in 2018 and beyond….

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Michoud proudly reveal monster welder for SLS cores


The Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF) is continuing its lengthy transition towards its new flagship role, marked by ribbon cutting event on Friday for a huge tool that will…

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Pegasus Barge to begin renovations for SLS core shipping


NASA’s famous Pegasus Barge – best known for transporting External Tanks from the Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF) to the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) – is about to be…

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Four Shuttle veterans selected to drive SLS uphill on maiden flight


The four RS-25 engines selected for the debut launch of the Space Launch System (SLS) are veteran Space Shuttle Main Engines (SSME) with a rich history of successful…