Rocket set to provide years of space flights, years of Michoud work

Program manager expects it to last decades

Chris Miller
December 10, 2019 - 11:43 am
Space Launch System

The new Artemis space program that NASA showed off in New Orleans East will not only send men and women to the moon and beyond, it also continues a decades-long legacy of New Orleans' contributions to space flight. That's good news for the people who work at the Michoud assembly facility.

Key parts of the rocket and the crew capsule are being built at Michoud, which also built rockets for the Apollo program, and the external fuel tank for the space shuttle program. 

Space programs don't last forever, but John Honeycutt, program manager of the Space Launch System, says this one is just beginning.

"We worked hard to get through the development, we retired a lot of risk. We're at a point now where we've got a lot of additional core stages on contract," said Honeycutt. "We've got the authority to buy long-lead materials for up to ten more flights."

Honeycutt believes the work can continue for 30 to 40 years.

"You send a message to the work force, right? There's going to be some stability down here for quite some time to come," Honeycutt said. 

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