NASA officials debut new device at Michoud used to build rockets

Photo courtesy NASA/Michoud Assembly Facility -- Artist illustration of the Vertical Weld Center. The device wil be used at the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans to weld together pieces of the core stage of the Space Launch System (SLS) -- NASA's new heavy-lift rocket that will send humans to deep space destinations, including an asteroid and Mars.
Photo courtesy NASA/Michoud Assembly Facility -- Artist illustration of the Vertical Weld Center. The device wil be used at the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans to weld together pieces of the core stage of the Space Launch System (SLS) -- NASA's new heavy-lift rocket that will send humans to deep space destinations, including an asteroid and Mars.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — NASA officials in New Orleans have publicly unveiled a new, three-story-tall cylindrical structure that is a key component in constructing heavy-lift rockets for the nation’s space program.

It’s called the “vertical weld center.” It’s a heavy metal framework holding state-of-the-art automated welding equipment, around which the Boeing Co. will build a major section of rockets for NASA’s new Space Launch System.

NASA and Boeing officials, joined by local government officials, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday morning at the building that holds the new machinery at the Michoud Assembly Facility in eastern New Orleans.

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