General Inquiry: Associate Director, Engineering Directorate
National Aeronautics & Space Administration
Johnson Space Center
Mail Code: EA
2101 NASA Parkway
Houston, Texas 77058
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Tests antenna radiation distribution pattern performance for spaceflight applications in electromagnetic environments conditioned to simulate free space.
Provides capability to perform aerothermal heating environment tests representative of the convective heating conditions experienced by spacecraft during entry. Required for the screening, development, & certification of human spacecraft thermal protection.
Houses the acoustic test facilities and supporting equipment for testing and development of audio communications and electro-acoustic systems and equipment.
Used for full-wave, frequency domain electromagnetic simulations. Support Shuttle, ISS, Constellation, and commercial entities such as SpaceX and Orbital Sciences Corporation.
Used for modeling and simulation of both proposed and actual spacecraft communication systems, subsystems, components, and parts. The laboratory hosts high-fidelity computer models of communication systems, detailed structure models, three-dimensional (3D) and planar cuts of antenna patterns, planetary terrain models, and propagation models.
Provides test facilities and personnel involved in hardware evaluation and problem solving activities encompassing many of the fluid and energy conversion systems required for human exploration and development of space, including pyrotechnics, power generation and storage, on-board propulsion, planetary resource utilization, fluid storage and distribution, and electromechanical and hydraulic actuation.
Provides design evaluation, RF interface compatibility, and system performance verification testing of spacecraft RF communications systems and their interfaces with external elements.
Provide analytical capabilities used in the analysis and evaluation of space flight hardware, failure analysis of flight and non-flight hardware, materials properties testing and advanced materials development.
Provides capability of performing multizone, high-temperature, radiant-heat testing of large spacecraft thermal protection systems & associated structures in a controlled pressure environment to simulate reentry thermal profiles, thermal gradient, & pressure.
Real-time, six degree-of-freedom, short range motion base simulator originally designed to simulate the relative dynamics of two bodies in space mating together.
Provides structural static and fatigue load testing to support space flight programs. Tests range from mechanical properties testing of materials to full-scale verification testing of payloads and spacecraft structures.
Provides vibration and shock testing of spaceflight hardware to ensure that functionality is not impaired by severe launch and landing environments.
View our advances in Wireless Systems for Exploration and Delay/Disruption Tolerant Networking for use in space exploration.
· Electronics Development Laboratory
· Integration Test Facilities
· Mechanical Development Laboratory
· Space Systems Automated Integration and Assembly Facility
· Spacecraft Software Engineering Facilities
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For more information about other capabilites available at JSC, please visit the JSC Human Spaceflight Capabilities website.