Agency/Department

FLC Region

Security Lab

Yes

Address

Code AA01
Building 1100
Stennis Space Center, MS 39529
United States

Laboratory Representative

Description

Stennis Space Center (SSC) is NASA's primary center for Rocket Propulsion Testing and home to the Applied Research and Technology Project Office. It is a multi-agency center with more than 30 resident agencies. NASA's Stennis Space Center is America's largest rocket test complex and its state-of-the-art facilities include the A, B and E Test Complexes, designed for rocket propulsion testing that ranges from component to engine to stage level. The unique waterway system and 125,000-acre acoustical buffer zone that surrounds Stennis Space Center are considered national assets, and enable testing of large-scale rocket engines and components.

Mission

SSC's principal mission for NASA is to support the development and acceptance testing of large propulsion systems for the following programs:
  • Space Shuttle,
  • Advanced Solid Rocket Motor, and
  • National Aerospace Plane High Temperature Materials Tests.

Prior to launch, every shuttle main engine requires acceptance testing at SSC. During these tests, the engines are hot fired for various periods of time under different operating conditions to determine their flight worthiness.

Technology Disciplines

Technologies
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A Field Deployable PiezoElectric Gravimeter (PEG)
Advanced Keyboard
Algorithm for Automated Sargassum Detection for Landsat-8 OLI Imagery
Application Research Toolbox (ART)
Coastal Salinity and Temperature (CSalT) Web Application
Cryogenic Cam Butterfly Valve
Energy Harvesting Smart Sensor
Engineering Units Generator (EUGEN)
Floating Piston Valve
Hyperspectral Systems Increase Imaging Capabilities

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Facilities
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A Complex Facility
A Complex Test Control Center (TCC) #4110
B Complex Test Control Center (TCC) #4210
B Complex Test Control Center (TCC) #4210
Barge, Liquid Hydrogen (3 each)
Barge, Liquid Oxygen (6 each)
Canals, Lock & Dock System #0036,2310,2311,2317
Communications Building #1201
Cryogenic Propellant Storage Facility
Cryogenics Docks #0008

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Equipment

No Equipment

Programs

The Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research,or EPSCoR,establishes partnerships with government, higher education and industry that are designed to effect lasting improvements in a state's or region's research infrastructure, R&D capacity and hence, its national R&D competitiveness.

The EPSCoR program is directed at those jurisdictions that have not in the past participated equably in competitive aerospace and aerospace-related research activities. Twenty-four states, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam currently participate.Fivefederal agencies conduct EPSCoR programs, including NASA.

NASA EPSCoR Jurisdictions and their Directors
View EPSCoR Directors by State/Jurisdiction

The goal of EPSCoR is to provide seed funding that will enable jurisdictions to develop an academic research enterprise directed toward long-term, self-sustaining, nationally-competitive capabilities in aerospace and aerospace-related research.

Agency
NASA
Region
Southeast
State: 
Mississippi
Lab Representatives
Funds

No Funds

Publications
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Protege Application Template

Agency
NASA
Region
Southeast
State: 
Mississippi
Lab Representatives

New Agreement Checklist

Agency
NASA
Region
Southeast
State: 
Mississippi
Lab Representatives

Mentor Protege Guidbook 2013

Agency
NASA
Region
Southeast
State: 
Mississippi
Lab Representatives

Mentor Protege Agreement Template

Agency
NASA
Region
Southeast
State: 
Mississippi
Lab Representatives

Mentor Application Template

Agency
NASA
Region
Southeast
State: 
Mississippi
Lab Representatives
Awards

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Successes

Over two decades ago, a small group of individuals working to enhance the culture of technology and innovation in Louisiana, approached their governor with a unique concept—a state office located at a federal city located in a border state (Mississippi). From this idea came the Louisiana Technology Transfer Office (LTTO), a component of the Louisiana Business & Technology Center (LBTC) at the Innovation Park, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA. The LTTO has maintained a technology transfer office at the NASA John C. Stennis Space Center (SSC), Mississippi, for over 25 years, the last 19 staffed full-time as a Resident Agency at SSC. Through the LTTO, the state of Louisiana has enjoyed a unique and successful partnership with NASA Stennis via a Memorandum of Understanding between the governor and the NASA Stennis Center director.

LTTO provides an avenue for universities and small businesses in Louisiana to have access to the resources of federal labs, like NASA, including Stennis Space Center and the Michoud Assembly Facility, New Orleans. It also supports NASA mission critical needs by leveraging resources available in Louisiana. One unique method to accelerate/simplify the flow of R&D dollars from federal labs at Stennis to universities and research institutions in Louisiana is a multiyear, task order type of procurement mechanism known as the Louisiana Research Consortium (LRC). The Louisiana Board of Regents is a signatory, and NASA is the single entity acting as fiscal agent for the universities. The current LRC is for a five-year period at $15,000,000. “The Louisiana Technology Transfer Office at Stennis has proven to be a very valuable resource for our state, providing an avenue for our universities and small businesses to access the resources of federal labs like NASA, engage with large industry on-site, and create jobs for Louisiana residents,” according to Don Pierson, Secretary at Louisiana Economic Development.

The LTTO at Stennis worked with NASA/Stennis and C-Suite Services LLC, a small start-up technology-oriented company located outside of New Orleans in Metairie, Louisiana, to help coordinate and facilitate their interest in working with NASA. C-Suite has licensed five SSC patents—the Floating Piston Valve invented by Bruce Farner (NASA), the Cryogenic Cam Butterfly Valve invented by Kenny McCormack (S3), the Energy Harvesting Smart Sensor, the Field Deployable Piezoelectric Gravimeter, and the In-situ Monitoring of Piez oelectric Sensors invented by Scott Jensen (NASA).

Over the last three years, SSC’s Test Technology Branch has used a multifaceted strategy to license the SSC patent portfolio, and the results have been phenomenal. In the last two years, SSC has signed almost as many patent licenses as the prior 20 years combined.

SSC worked closely with NASA’s Technology Transfer (T2) Program to utilize the agency’s enterprise tools, such as Technology Opportunities sheets, inventor profiles, NASA Tech Briefs, and the T2 portal (https://technology.nasa.gov), to make SSC technologies more discoverable. SSC also created its own technology website (https://technology.ssc.nasa.gov) to provide additional content.

LSU-NASA team members

Visit to the NASA John C. Stennis Space Center (SSC) (from left): Christopher Copelan, NASA/SSC Technology Transfer Administrator; Kevin Pollard of C-Suite Services, LLC, in Metairie, LA; Duane Armstrong, Chief, Test Technology
Branch at NASA/SSC (holding the C-Suite-designed Floating Piston Valve); and Vic Johnson, Director, Louisiana Technology Transfer Office at SSC. Photo credit: Louisiana Technology Transfer Office

Licenses

No Licenses