Futuramic Tool & Engineering, Co. (Futuramic) welcomed retired U.S. astronaut Col. Charles Precourt, Senator Gary Peters and senior leaders from the aviation and aerospace industries on Friday, May 15, for a facilities tour and discussion on the company’s space program. The day included tours of Futuramic’s Warren and Detroit plants and remarks from leading industry executives.
Futuramic has been instrumental in moving human space exploration forward by building three large welding tools for the core stage production of Boeing’s Space Launch System and large tooling for Lockheed Martin’s Orion crew cabin. The Orion spacecraft, named after one of the largest constellations in the sky, is being touted by NASA as the safest and most advanced spacecraft ever built. The Orion is set to eventually launch on NASA’s new heavy-lift rocket, the NASA – Space Launch System – built by Boeing and capable of sending humans deep into space, exploring an asteroid and even Mars. Exploration Mission-1 will be the first mission that joins Orion and the Space Launch System for a trip around the far side of the moon in 2018.
Futuramic employs more than 300 people in support of NASA’s human spaceflight program. Additional guests included Steve Doering, NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility Manager; Boeing Vice President, John Shannon; Aerojet Rocketdyne Vice President, James Paulsen; and Lockheed Martin Vice President, Wanda Sigur.