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Segment for Heavy Lift Rocket Completed

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First Liquid Hydrogen Tank Barrel Segment for the SLS Core Stage Completed at Michoud

The first liquid hydrogen tank barrel segment for the core stage of NASA's new heavy-lift launch vehicle, the Space Launch System (SLS), recently was completed at the agency's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans.

The segment is considered a “confidence” barrel segment because it validates the vertical weld center is working the way it should. The vertical weld center is a friction-stir-weld tool for wet and dry structures on the SLS core stage.

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First Liquid Hydrogen Tank Barrel Segment, SLS Core Stage

Engineers at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility transfer a 22-foot-tall barrel section of the SLS core stage from the Vertical Weld Center. The barrel section, above, will be used for the liquid hydrogen tank, which will help power the SLS rocket out of Earth's orbit.

Credit: NASA/Michoud

Source: NASA - Multimedia

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