Indianapolis, Indiana – April 25, 2014
Major Tool & Machine is extremely proud to partner with Boeing and NASA for such an important and Game Changing Development Program for the SLS program.
In December 2013, Major Tool and Machine successfully shipped on-time, critical components for NASA and Boeing’s Game Changing composite rocket propellant tank. According to an Industry News Article posted by Composites World in April, “NASA reported on April 9 that it’s and Boeing’s engineers are inspecting and preparing one of the largest composite rocket propellant tanks ever manufactured for testing.”
Major Tool & Machine was responsible for manufacturing the two (2) 18-foot-diameter (5.5-meter) Finger Rings and (1) Load Ring of similar diameter, the orange ends that attach to the 28,000-gal/105,992-liter tank. Composites World also notes, “The orange ends of the tank are made of metal and will attach to the test stand so that structural loads can be applied similar to those the tank would experience during a rocket launch.”
Boeing’s Subcontract Manager, Mark Mihalco, praised Major Tool’s efforts on the program; “Thanks again for all of your dedication and hard work to get this done. It’s been a year since we started this effort and it’s good to see it come to fruition.”
Visit our social media sites to see the Finger Rings being manufactured!
For more information with regard to this program, please visit:
NASA Engineers Prepare Game Changing Cryotank for Testing
NASA, Boeing prepare for cryotank testing