Lockheed Martin has received initial orders to manufacture cryogenic tanks for fueling liquefied natural gas-powered vessels.
The Maryland-based security and aerospace company will produce the LNG tanks at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans.
Lockheed Martin will adapt production equipment used to manufacture the external tank for the Space Shuttle for a wide range of LNG supply chain applications. The LNG tank manufacturing team will also draw on a variety of capabilities developed for a wide range of other programs, including propellant handling; assembly, test and integration; composites manufacturing; and production facility and tooling design. The company can manufacture tanks in varying sizes and capacities for multiple transportation applications.
“The LNG opportunity is a particularly compelling example of how we can leverage defense- and space-related technology for applications in the private sector,” said Gerry Fasano, president of Lockheed Martin’s information systems and global solutions defense operations, in a written statement.