New Construction Begins at MAF
Construction has begun on the new vertical assembly and weld high bay facility at the Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF). The building will serve as the production facility for Ares 1 Upper Stage final assembly operations. The 160-foot –tall building is scheduled to be completed by Oct 2010.
The contract, valued at $22 million, was awarded to Broadmoor of Metairie, La. and is the first major construction subcontract effort to be let under the new manufacturing support and facility operations contract (MSFOC) since Jacobs Technology officially assumed operational control of MAF on July 1, 2009.
In addition, Broadmoor will make $4.3 million worth of modifications to support Upper Stage manufacturing robotic weld tools one, two, and three plus the machining center. Construction is scheduled to be completed next May.
These construction projects support facility preparations for the assembly of the Upper Stage of the Ares 1 launch vehicle, which will send astronauts into low earth orbit and to the International Space Station, the moon and beyond.
For more information on the Michoud Assembly Facility, go to http://maf.msfc.nasa.gov