Seen here, the barrel of Orion’s crew module, which arrived at the facility weighing about 12,000 pounds, will be reduced to approximately 880 pounds before it is shipped to NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. Four of the crew module’s parts are being machined at Ingersoll before they ship for welding and assembly this summer. The crew module is the part of the spacecraft where astronauts will live, work, exercise and eat during their missions beyond the moon.

Image Credit: NASA/Radislav Sinyak

Last Updated: May 2, 2017
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