NASA officials debut a new machine in New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS - NASA officials in New Orleans have publicly unveiled a new, three-story-tall cylindrical structure that is a key component in constructing heavy-lift rockets for the nation's space program.
It's called the "vertical weld center." It's a heavy metal framework holding state-of-the-art automated welding equipment, around which the Boeing Co. will build a major section of rockets for NASA's new Space Launch System.
NASA and Boeing officials, joined by local government officials, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday morning at the building that holds the new machinery at the Michoud (mih-shoo) Assembly Facility in eastern New Orleans.