Building Expertise for Orion and SLS Flight Hardware
Ronnie Renfroe, a materials engineering technician at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., guides a circumferential weld of the "pathfinder" version of the adapter design that will be used on test flights of the Orion spacecraft and NASA's Space Launch System (SLS). The SLS will launch NASA's Orion spacecraft and other payloads beyond low Earth orbit, providing an entirely new capability for human exploration. Marshall manages the SLS Program for the agency and works closely with the Orion Program office at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston and the Ground Systems Development and Operations Program, which manages the operations and launch facilities at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Image credit: NASA/MSFC/Emmet Given