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Fri September 12, 2014

Massive New Construction Tool For NASA, Built In New Orleans

Engineers at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility transfer a 22-foot-tall barrel section of the SLS core stage from the Vertical Weld Center. The barrel section will be used for the liquid hydrogen tank, which helps power the rocket out of Earth's orbit.
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A massive structure described by NASA as the world's largest spacecraft welding tool has been completed at the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, which was chosen in 2011 to build components of a major new rocket system.

The 170-foot-tall structure is called the Vertical Assembly Center. It will play a key role in construction of "Space Launch System" rockets.

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Hurricane Isaac
12:47 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

NASA closes New Orleans plant

NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in eastern New Orleans is closed for until Tropical Storm Isaac passes.

Plant officials said employees should monitor the facility's website, or call 800-611-3116 for notice of the facility s reopening plan.