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Marshall Space Flight Center: Capabilities

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Marshall Capabilities

To enable NASA’s human and robotic exploration missions, Marshall maintains a broad spectrum of design, development, and testing capabilities. For launch vehicles and spacecraft, the Center develops propulsion systems, life support systems, studies space environment effects, designs advanced avionics and guidance systems, and operates a comprehensive suite of environmental testing facilities to verify hardware prior to flight.
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Propulsion is the foundational capability for all space exploration, and Marshall has been a part of every major propulsion development in NASA’s history. The Center’s expertise in traditional solid and liquid propulsion systems, as well as advanced systems such as solar sails and nuclear propulsion, enable a diverse array of spacecraft and missions for the future of exploration.
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Marshall maintains the most exhaustive collection of materials properties data in the world. The Center is also working to develop new manufacturing technology and techniques applicable to the smallest engine components or the largest cryogenic fuel tanks. Pioneering work in friction stir welding, ultrasonic welding, and additive manufacturing all contribute to reduced costs, greater reliability, and faster development times.
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To enable NASA’s human and robotic exploration missions, Marshall maintains a broad spectrum of design, development, and testing capabilities. For launch vehicles and spacecraft, the Center develops life support systems, studies space environment effects, designs advanced avionics and guidance systems, and operates a comprehensive suite of environmental testing facilities to verify hardware prior to flight.
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Marshall’s scientific research includes a broad array of earth science, heliophysics, astrophysics, and planetary science investigations. These experiments include missions from the smallest nanosatellites and suborbital sounding rockets to management of Chandra, one of the Great Observatories. With Earth science projects like SERVIR, Marshall leads the way in timely delivery of science data to those who need it most.

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Publications

Graphic for Marshall Core Products BrochureMarshall Core Products
Marshall brings vital resources to NASA and the nation for solving unique challenges of space exploration. This brochure is a summary of core products and capabilities at Marshall.
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Graphic for Marshall eBookMarshall Core Capabilities
Marshall maintains a cadre of capabilities through the expertise of its team members and the unique facilities at the center. This book details the core capabilities and services available to the agency, other government partners, and industry.
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Page Last Updated: December 6th, 2013
Page Editor: Brooke Boen