NASA Marshall Space Flight Center - Huntsville, AL
Company Point of Contact:
Mr. Larry Lechner
Tech Transfer Office
NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
Building 4201, M/C LA02
Huntsville, AL 35812
Phone: (205) 544-5227
Fax: (205) 544-4810
Certified Best Practice
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Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) was established in 1960 and is a field installation of NASA. MSFC is recognized as a national leader in propulsion systems; payload design, development and integration; and science investigations. Its extensive areas of expertise include management of complex programs; systems engineering and integration; systems development; payload systems analysis and integration; the technical disciplines encompassing propulsion systems, structural systems, material science and engineering, electronics, guidance, navigation and control, power systems, data systems, environmental control and life support systems; optical systems and science and applications areas of astrophysics, earth science and applications, low gravity science, and solar terrestrial physics.
With 3,700 employees occupying over 1,800 acres in the U.S. Army Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama, MSFC also includes facilities in the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, Louisiana, the Yellow Creek Production Facility in Mississippi, the Slidell Computer Complex in Slidell, Louisiana, and the John C. Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. MSFC facilities include structural and test-firing facilities for large space systems, and specialized laboratories for studies and facilities for assembling and testing large space hardware.
MSFC's specific capabilities include:
- Scientific and engineering activities associated with design, development, test, mission operations and evaluation of space launch vehicle transportation systems and payloads.
- Planning and conceptual development of new programs in support of MSFC and NASA objectives.
- Technical services and program support activities including facilities planning, construction and maintenance, purchasing, contract administration, technology utilization, computer operations, and communications support.
NASA and its Centers have long been advocates of technology transfer with a deep commitment that goes beyond legislatively dictated efforts. This commitment is strongly manifested in MSFC's exemplary relationship with contractors. Not only does this relationship enhance the technology and expertise transfer between NASA and contractor, but also among contractors. This environment, coupled with a strong positive attitude among personnel, contributes to a teamwork atmosphere where employees are open to new ideas, and projects are pursued with excellence through continuous improvement. A grass roots TQM effort has already begun, is influencing many aspects of project work, and is gaining momentum among management with impressive results. The guiding principle towards achieving MSFC's goals of excellence and continuous improvement is supported by a strong dedication to learning new ways of doing things and sharing that technology and expertise with industry and other government activities.