Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Spacecraft Factory of the Future

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Florida Today published an article today looking at all the 21st Century renovations inside Operations & Checkout at Kennedy Space Center.

A $55 million restoration transformed the O&C into a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility for NASA Orion spacecraft.

In a first for KSC, the Apollo-style capsules that will take American astronauts to asteroids, the moon, Mars and other interplanetary destinations will be produced at the launch site.

“We actually moved the factory here,” said Jules Schneider, senior manager for Orion assembly, integration and production operations with spacecraft manufacturer Lockheed Martin. “This is where we’ll put Orion together, integrate it, test it, and make sure that we have a spacecraft that will do what it’s required to do.”

The article notes that Lockheed Martin was lured to Florida by a $35 million grant from Space Florida.

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