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Long Road to Space

No, I’m not talking about Barbara Morgan, I mean ET-117.

One of my jobs at Michoud was in the production engineering department, helping to perform kaizen events on the factory floor. Specifically, in the part of the assembly sequence where various fittings are welded into the tank domes and where the two segments of the ogival portion of the LOx tank were assembled. This was from September 2000 through around April 2001.

One of the three tanks in production in that area at the time was ET-117, which I see is the tank used on the current mission.

There was still a long way to go from there to a completed tank (made longer than it would normally have been by Return To Flight rework and the standdowns, of course), but it’s a little odd to see it finally fly and realize just how long ago all of that was.

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