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Marshall Space Flight Center

Marshall Space Flight Center is one of NASA’s largest centers, occupying 1,800 acres in Huntsville, Alabama. 


Marshall Space Flight Center’s primary mission is to lead the Agency to develop and maintain space transportation and propulsion systems and conduct micro-gravity research. Marshall houses a comprehensive set of testing facilities for propulsion systems. In order to develop both test articles and custom-designed test fixtures and adapters, the center also has a full range of supporting capabilities, including machine shops, test support and logistics services to supply consumables and instrumentation, and test planning support for budget analysis and risk management of test programs.


Propulsion testing facilities at Marshall enable testing of components, subsystems, subscale motors, and full-scale engines under a variety of configurations and conditions. The test engineers in this area have supported many prior NASA programs and continue to support development of the SLS propulsion systems design.