Michoud Assembly Facility
New Orleans, LA
Michoud is a NASA-owned facility in eastern
New Orleans that's a component of Marshall
Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL. It's one
of the few manufacturing facilities, including
the tooling inside, owned by NASA. This gives
Michoud the capability to manufacture large
aerospace structures at one location. Michoud
is one of the largest employers in Louisiana,
with more than 4,200 people on-site.

Focus
: large structures manufacturing

Established: 1940, under NASA since 1961

Location/address: 13800 Old Gentilly Road, New
Orleans, LA

Phone: 256-544-0034 (Marshall Space Flight Center)

Overview: Originally established to produce
plywood cargo planes and landing craft, it became a
part of the National Aeronautics and Space
Administration in 1961 and constructs the Space
Shuttle's external fuel tanks. It has been chosen by
NASA to construct the upper stage of the Ares I
and Ares V launch vehicles, as well as large
structures for the Orion crew capsule. It's one of
the largest manufacturing operations in the world
with 43 acres under one roof. NASA and Louisiana
leaders broke ground recently for a $40 million,
five-story Research and Development
Administration Building at the facility. It is part of
NASA's vision to create a research park in the
unused portion of the more than 832-acre area
around Michoud.

Tenants: NASA, U.S. Department of Agriculture
National Finance Center, Department of Defense
Contract Audit Agency, Defense Contract
Management Agency, U.S. Coast Guard Integrated
Support Command, Lockheed Martin Michoud
Space Systems, University of New Orleans National
Center for Advanced Manufacturing  

Facilities/equipment: Manufacturing capabilities
include 2.2 million square feet of manufacturing
space (open high bay areas), full complement of
plant equipment, tooling and skills. Testing
capabilities (component and full scale), include
hydrostatic testing and structural load testing
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