Kennedy Organizational Business Profiles
Office of the Center Director (AA)
The Office of the Center Director effectively leads and manages center resources (workforce, infrastructure, facilities, contracts, budget, and strategic relationships) to accomplish the mission of KSC: to safely manage, develop, integrate, and sustain space systems through partnerships that enable innovative, diverse access to space and inspire the Nation’s future explorers.
Center Planning and Development (AD)
The Center Planning and Development Directorate leads the effort to continually evolve KSC as the world’s preeminent multi-user spaceport, enabling access to space and serving as KSC’s front door establishing commercial and government partnerships that maximize the use of underutilized infrastructure while leveraging KSC’s unique services and capabilities.
Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity (AJ)
The Equal Opportunity Office ensures a progressive and effective program at Kennedy Space Center that meets Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), NASA, and Center goals and objectives.
Human Resources (BA)
The Human Resources Office is a proactive organization that champions diversity and is innovative in providing consistent, high quality human capital management solutions to KSC employees and the general public.
Office of Chief Counsel (CC)
The Office of Chief Counsel provides legal advice and assistance to the center director, leadership, and management on all matters arising at the center, with a view toward furthering NASA’s missions, policies, and strategic goals. The office represents NASA interests in all litigation in which the center is a party, and provides advice and assistance to the Department of Justice and United States Attorney’s offices. Additionally, the office provides advice and counsel on matters including agency acquisitions, contract administration, and dispute resolution; Space Act authority and agreements; legislation and congressional inquiries; patents, intellectual property rights and license agreements; employee labor relations; personnel and EEO matters; ethics and standards of conduct; export control; government information practices; environmental compliance; real and personal property; non-appropriated fund activities and concession agreements; jurisdiction; fiscal matters; admiralty; law enforcement; and all other legal matters pertaining to the center. The office also adjudicates non-contractual claims for personal injury and property damage.
Commercial Crew Program (FA)
NASA’s Commercial Crew Program is working with multiple American aerospace companies to design and develop crew transportation capabilities to and from low-Earth orbit destinations, including the International Space Station. By supporting the development of human spaceflight capabilities, NASA is laying the foundation for a vibrant commercial space market. Ultimately, the goal is to establish safe, reliable and cost-effective access to space. Once transportation capabilities are certified to meet NASA requirements, the agency will fly missions to meet its space station crew rotation and emergency return obligations. Commercial Crew is primarily based at Kennedy Space Center, with offices at Johnson Space Center and Marshall Space Flight Center.
Office of Chief Financial Officer (GG)
The Chief Financial Officer provides for the centralized planning and analysis of all KSC Project and Program resources and provides the focal point to ensure a uniform center posture for the development and execution of resources decisions. As a service organization, the office is charged with the statutory responsibility for the financial management activities of the center and the functional management responsibilities for oversight of all KSC Project and Program financial operations.
Information Technology and Communications Services (IT)
The IT directorate provides development, integration, and operations in supporting the current and advanced information technology and communications needs of KSC institutional and NASA program customers.
Ground Systems Development and Operations Program (LX)
The program’s mission is to process and launch the Space Launch System and Orion spacecraft. To achieve this mission, program personnel are developing the necessary ground systems while refurbishing and upgrading infrastructure and facilities to meet tomorrow’s demands. This modernization effort keeps flexibility in mind, in order to accommodate a multitude of government, commercial and other customers.
The Engineering Directorate (NE) is responsible for providing mission-focused engineering products and services to a broad set of programs at Kennedy across the project life cycle, including operational programs, design and development projects, and applied research and technology development projects. The organization supplies, specifies, and/or maintains technical insight into ground support equipment (GSE), ground systems, designated facilities, and flight analog systems to meet current and future space flight customer needs. The organization develops and maintains experienced engineering and science personnel, and a set of specialized laboratories and test facilities, that perform design, development, applied research, technology development, fabrication, construction, test, verification and validation (V&V), operations, maintenance and sustaining engineering.
The Procurement Office acquires goods and services in accordance with all statutes, rules, regulations, and policies applicable to Kennedy Space Center to effectively support center directorates in the acquisition process. The office promotes efficient job performance and integrity while supporting the mission and goals established through the NASA strategic planning process.
Center Engagement and Business Integration Services (PX)
Kennedy’s Center Engagement and Business Integration Services (PX) organization is responsible to the Office of the Center Director, acting as the center’s focal point for centralized strategic communication, as well as developing, implementing, integrating, and administering agency and center policies, programs, and activities in coordination with NASA’s Offices of Communication (OCOMM), Education (OED), and Legislative Affairs and Intergovernmental Affairs (OLIA). As KSC’s focal point for these activities, the organization is responsible for effectively communicating the relevancy of NASA’s mission, unique capabilities and contributions, and its value to all internal and external stakeholders.
Safety and Mission Assurance (SA)
The Safety and Mission Assurance (S&MA) Directorate integrally sustains and strengthens the success of the Kennedy Space Center mission, serving as an independent, value-added partner and agency leader in safety, reliability, maintainability, software assurance, and quality disciplines, which are applied to reduce the probability of mishaps, failures, maintenance burden, and product flaws. The primary purpose of KSC S&MA is to ensure operations at KSC-responsible sites are conducted in a manner which will achieve missions safely and successfully. This is accomplished through forming a partnership with center and program management and ensuring appropriate agency, program, center, and contract S&MA requirements are imposed on activities at KSC responsible sites and by ensuring compliance with these S&MA requirements.
Spaceport Integration and Services (SI)
Spaceport Integration and Services (SI) is responsible for coordinating and integrating Kennedy processing activities and center services across all KSC spaceport customers, including NASA projects and programs, other government agencies, and commercial partners residing at KSC and in NASA facilities at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. SI also maintains a master schedule for integrating commercial and government entities into center operations. The organization manages and provides KSC institutional services, including: protective services; export control; occupational health and medical operations; biomedical engineering; environmental programs; operation and maintenance of utilities, facilities, and institutional infrastructure; weather infrastructure; institutional facility projects; logistics; propellants and fluids; institutional property administration; and NASA aircraft operations.
Exploration Research and Technology Programs (UB)
The Exploration Research and Technology (ER&T) Programs organization at Kennedy is responsible for managing the processing, assembly, integration, and test of payload and flight science experiments bound for the International Space Station, as well as the planning and execution for all space station ground processing elements, orbital replacement units, and payloads processed at Kennedy. ER&T Programs also manages the research, development, testing, and demonstration of cutting-edge flight systems and technologies to advance exploration and space systems. The ER&T Programs’ scientists, researchers, and technology developers collaborate with early career scientists, university scientists, grad students, NASA interns, and postdocs to find innovative solutions and technology infusion opportunities for NASA programs. ER&T Programs also works with industry leaders to develop and commercialize new innovations to benefit America’s space program and the public through partnerships and reimbursable agreements.
Launch Services Program (VA)
The Launch Services Program (LSP) is responsible for enabling access to space for NASA and other select government missions. The principal objective of the LSP is to provide safe, reliable, cost-effective, on schedule, launch services for NASA and NASA-sponsored payloads seeking launch on expendable launch vehicles (ELVs). Full LSP launch services include advance analysis, mission integration, and payload processing. LSP exists to meet the needs of a diverse customer base that includes NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, the Office of the Chief Technologist, and agency education requirements, as well as support to the national security community, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and other customers.
LSP draws upon launch services provided by domestic commercial launch service contractors and contracted directly through the program.
The program maximizes the probability for achieving launch mission success of commercially developed expendable launch services by retaining involvement in and control of the launch through a technical oversight approach, which combines focused approvals and technical insight of contractor launch activities as well as risk mitigation, and through advisory services as defined in section two of this document.