Two Indiana companies are assisting Boeing in the construction of what can best be described as a space taxi.
Major Tool and Machine and Imagineering Finishing Technologies are constructing the upper dome of a craft, which will be used to carry astronauts to space.
Boeing is building the spacecraft with the hope that someday it can be used for commercial flights.
Joel Manship is the Vice President of Business Development for Major Tool and Machine in Indianapolis.
He says that the program is currently focused on assisting NASA and governmental programs, and he’s excited to see where the program goes from here. Major Tool previously manufactured parts for the NASA space shuttle program while it was active.
When the domes are finished, Major Tool will ship it to Imagineering Finishing Technologies in South Bend. There, the domes are inspected under a black light and crews apply a protective coating before being sent to Cape Canaveral in Florida.
The two Indiana companies have already built and finished two of the domes.
This post has been updated.
CORRECTION: A previous version of this story said Major Tool and Machine and Imagineering Finishing Technologies designed the upper dome. Rather, the companies are manufacturing the dome based on designs from Boeing.