At NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility near New Orleans, Louisiana, work has begun on fabricating the core stage that will embark on the Space Launch System's (SLS) first flight in 2017, Exploration Mission 1. Tasks completed include:
• 34 primary structure components have been welded
• 20 rings have been welded, including all rings for SLS’s first flight
• Nine barrels have been welded, including first three LH2 qualification barrels
• Three domes have been completed, including two weld confidence domes
In all, nearly 1/2 mile worth of friction-stir welds have been achieved on SLS core stage components as NASA gears up to make America's newest and most powerful rocket ever a reality. Go progress!
Information courtesy of NASA's Space Launch System - Facebook.com