This #ToryTimelapse shows the friction stir welding of the liquefied natural gas (LNG) tank for Vulcan at the Rocket Factory in Decatur, AL. The LNG (CH4) tank for #VulcanCentaur’s first launch in 2021 is complete and ready to fly! #CountdowntoVulcan
A flat piece of sheet metal is formed using a stretch press to create a large contoured panel for #VulcanCentaur. These panels are cut into slice-shaped pieces that are welded together to form the tank domes on the Centaur stage. #CountdowntoVulcan: Launching in 2021.
#VulcanCentaur is coming! Rocket Builders assembling the Thrust Structure. Highest strength Aluminum alloys, perfectly optimized forgings, adv generative design techniques. TS will channel 3.5 million lbf (16 M Newt) of thrust into the rocket. #CountdowntoVulcan #ToryTimelapse