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Michoud Open House Highlights NASA's Crew Launch Vehicle, Draws Industry Leaders
Michoud Assembly Facility Industry Day

NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, La., drew a packed house of industry leaders and key stakeholders from Louisiana eager to hear the latest about the facility's role in NASA's exploration mission and continuing development of the crew launch vehicle. Michoud, managed by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., hosted an open house April 19, 2006. More than 250 industry representatives from companies including Boeing, Lockheed and others attended the day-long event.

The event highlighted the value -- to NASA, Louisiana and the nation -- of the Michoud complex, which today is primarily responsible for the manufacture and assembly of the space shuttle external tank.

The event's agenda included an update about progress of NASA’s Constellation Program, slated to build and fly vehicles that will lift future generations of explorers to the moon, Mars and beyond. Elements of the new launch systems will be manufactured and processed at the Michoud facility.

Other topics discussed included the architecture of NASA's crew launch vehicle; Louisiana partnerships and business opportunities with NASA and Michoud; subcontracting programs and other business opportunities with NASA and the Marshall Center; and small business innovation research contracts. Along with a series of presentations and break-out sessions, attendees also were given a tour of the Michoud facility.

Image credit: NASA/Michoud

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