NASA, Louisiana Sign Agreement to Invest in Future of Michoud Assembly Facility
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Director David King, seated at left, and Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco shake hands following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at the Capitol Building in Baton Rouge recently. The agreement provides the framework for the state's investment in new facilities and tooling capabilities at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. It also includes the state's commitment to advance research and technologies to support NASA's Constellation Program and Louisiana's National Center for Advanced Manufacturing at Michoud.
The Constellation Program is responsible for development of NASA's next-generation crew and launch vehicles and related systems for the agency's exploration mission to return to the moon and travel to Mars and beyond.
Also attending the signing was Don Person, standing at left, assistant secretary of the Louisiana Economic Development Department; Mike Thompson, chairman of the Louisiana Commerce and Industry Board; Gil Pinac, commerce committee chairman of the Louisiana House of Representatives; Sheila Cloud, NASA's Michoud transition director; and Patrick Scheuermann, NASA's Michoud chief operating officer.
The Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans is managed by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.
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