Michoud Transitions to New Facility Operations Manager
Members of the Michoud Assembly Facility Transition Board signed the certification of transition June 25, turning over manufacturing support and facility operations management at the New Orleans facility to Jacobs Technology of Tullahoma, Tenn., on July 1 -- completing the 62-day phase-in process. The facility previously had been managed by Lockheed Martin for more than 25 years.
The Michoud Transition Board includes John Shannon, manager of the Space Shuttle Program; Sheila Cloud, Michoud transition manager; Jeff Hanley, program manager of the Constellation Program; Doug Cooke, associate administrator for the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate; and Bill Gerstenmaier, associate administrator for the Space Operations Mission Directorate.
The Michoud facility supports several major projects for the Constellation Program, which is developing NASA's next generation of crew exploration and launch vehicles. For 35 years, the Space Shuttle Program has manufactured and built the external fuel tank at Michoud.
Michoud, a NASA-owned facility, is one of the world's largest manufacturing plants. NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., manages it. The Michoud facility, located on 832 acres, has more than 2.2 million square feet of manufacturing space and features state-of-the-art plant and tooling equipment. It is one of the largest employers in Louisiana, with more than 3,900 employees on-site.
Members of the Michoud Assembly Facility Transition Board sign the certification of transition June 25, turning over manufacturing support and facility operations management of Michoud in New Orleans to Jacobs Technology of Tullahoma, Tenn. Front row, from left, are Bill Gerstenmaier, associate administrator for NASA’s Space Operations Missions Directorate, and Geoff Yoder, director of the Constellation Systems Division (sitting in on behalf of Doug Cooke). Back row, from left, are John Shannon, manager of the Space Shuttle Program; Sheila Cloud, Michoud transition manager; and Steve Doering, associate program manager for the Constellation Program (sitting in for Jeff Hanley). Image Credit: Lockheed Martin
Angela Storey, Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.