Satnews Daily
February 10th, 2017

Boeing Awards MT Aerospace Additional Contracts for Most Powerful Super Heavy Launch Vehicle

Artist's concept of the Block 1 configuration of NASA's Space Launch System (SLS). Image Credit: NASA/MSFC

This European space and technology group, MT Aerospace AG, has received additional contracts by the US space technology group, Boeing.

The latest contract involves additional development work on the Space Launch System (SLS). Commissioned by the US space agency NASA, SLS is the most powerful super heavy lift launch vehicle to date and will be used on manned and unmanned missions to the moon, Mars and the depths of outer space.

MT Aerospace has been developing and fabricating large aluminum segments for the propellant tanks fitted to the SLS main stage since mid- 2013. With a diameter of 8.4 meters and a length of some 65 meters, these tanks hold almost 900 tons of liquid hydrogen and oxygen and are 30 percent larger than the external tank formerly attached to the Space Shuttle.

 MT Aerospace AG, a member of the European space and technology group OHB SE (ISIN: DE0005936124, Prime Standard).