NASA has chosen Boeing (NYSE: BA) to manufacture up to 10 core stages and eight upper stages to power the Space Launch System on the agency's third to 12th deep-space exploration missions under the Artemis program.
Boeing said Monday it built and tested SLS' first core stage through an initial contract with NASA and the company began production of a second core stage at Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans.
The Chicago-based contractor also plans to build the Block 1B version of the exploration upper stage at MAF.
“This team is already implementing lessons learned and innovative practices from the first build to produce a second core stage more efficiently than the first," said Jim Chilton, senior vice president of the space and launch division at Boeing and a 2017 Wash100 awardee.
Chilton added the company will coordinate with its supplier network to deliver the component this year for use in Artemis 1 mission.