Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company's
NASA MICHOUD ASSEMBLY FACILITY
Date: Thursday, February 15, 2001
Time: 9:00 a.m.–12:00 noon
Cost: Fee: $35
Just 15 miles from New Orleans’s French Quarter, 5,000 employees at the NASA
Michoud Assembly Facility work to conquer man’s final frontier, space, by designing
and assembling the massive external propellant tank for America’s dependable
space transportation vehicle, the space shuttle.
The External Tank (ET) has a dual role in NASA’s space shuttle system. It provides the structural backbone of the shuttle during launch operations, absorbing 6,610,000 pound thrust loads generated by the Orbiter’s three main engines and two solid rocket boosters. The ET also contains and delivers liquid hydrogen (LH2) and liquid oxygen (LO2) propellants to the two main engines.
The ET separates from the Orbiter just short of orbital velocity at Main Engine Cutoff (MECO), approximately 8 minutes after launch. Then the ET pitches away from the Orbiter and breaks up and burns as it reenters the Earth’s atmosphere. Debris falls within a designated area of the Pacific or Indian Ocean.
The ET is the only expendable element of the Space Shuttle System. The only active components on the ET are the vent/relief valves. All operational instrumentation is hardwired to the Orbiter.
Three structures comprise the ET:
The tour to the NASA Michoud Assembly Facility will include roundtrip transportation
on a private motorcoach, one and a half hour narrated tour of the facility,
and a box lunch.
Additional tickets may be purchased at the registration booth in the La Louisiane Ballroom A, Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.
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