Imagine yourself fabricating complex parts or using your expertise to support structural, environmental and space simulated testing in world-class facilities to certify space hardware and other NASA test vehicles and mockups. Or can you see yourself being responsible for maintaining and tracking tens of thousands of pieces of property. Perhaps your interests lie with electronics or propulsion and power systems. These are areas of the work the Facilities and Test Department personnel perform on the JETS II contract. Explore our capabilities in more depth . . .
This area provides maintenance and operations services and products for 30 labs/facilities across the Johnson Space Center. The products and services range from antenna testing, electromagnetic interference certification testing, manufacturing of electronic hardware, construction and testing of prototype technologies and habitat test beds, wireless and radio frequency identification technologies.
Structures and Materials provides engineering expertise to design, develop, evaluate and qualify space vehicle structures that includes:
Our personnel provide services for the JSC Propulsion and Power Division, which is responsible for providing engineering expertise for human and human-supported spacecraft in the areas of propulsion systems, batteries, fluid systems, hydraulic and electromechanical actuation systems, chemical processing, pyrotechnics, power generation, and power distribution and control systems. The division also provides conceptual design, feasibility studies, analysis, development, qualification testing, flight certification, operations, and sustaining engineering.
Space Environment Simulation provides an extensive array of testing services and capabilities for NASA and external customers. The test facilities and uniquely experienced personnel provide world class test capabilities that include:
Our personnel provide development, spaceflight, test and interface components/assemblies as well as functional bench-top testing.
Manufacturing Services provides resources, materials, and labor necessary to produce quality flight, ground support, prototype, test hardware, and research & development. They offer experience and expertise in precision machining, sheet metal, welding, precision cleaning, soft goods, composites, models, non-metallics, and assembly.
Chamber A is the largest JSC thermal vacuum test facility, built in 1963 to test the Apollo Command/Service module in a space-like environment. The working area of Chamber A is 55 feet in diameter and 90 feet high with a 40-foot diameter opening. The chamber was used to test the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) Project. Other chambers are utilized to certify spacesuits for flight.
The RHTF was designed for development and certification tests for the Orbiter thermal protection system. This facility has been maintained continuously to the present time to support sustaining engineering of NASA test programs.
The STL conducts static load testing of assemblies and components for flight programs and organizations. The tests range from mechanical properties testing of materials to full-scale verification testing of payloads and spacecraft structures to include:
The STL performs non-hazardous vibration testing in conjunction with capabilities in vibration, human-rated vibration and modal testing.
The MEL provides material property and failure analysis through destructive and non-destructive material analysis techniques. This group is comprised of five labs:
Examples of testing capabilities