Space Launch System: Tooling Up to Build the World’s Largest Rocket

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NASA Spaceflight Partner Futuramic Tool and Engineering Co. was commissioned by Boeing to design and build tooling for friction stir welding to assist in the construction of the Space Launch System core stage at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans.

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Originally Posted: June 21, 2013

A wrench and hammer might be good for some building projects, but the nuts and bolts found in a standard garage toolbox definitely wouldn’t hit the nail on the head when it comes to constructing a 321-foot, 5.5 million-pound rocket.

That’s why engineers at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans are installing massive tools — one more than 170 feet tall — specifically designed and built to weld together pieces of the core stage of the Space Launch System (SLS) — NASA’s new heavy-lift rocket that will send humans to deep space destinations, including an asteroid and Mars.

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