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An industry at an inflection point: government and private sector space agencies worldwide are experiencing widespread industry disruption and innovation.

Jacobs delivers high-end solutions for remote sensing and earth observation, intelligence gathering, communications and navigation, and space-enabled science and exploration through its decades of experience and capabilities in scientific, engineering and technology innovation.

We invent by imagining what’s possible.

  • 5 K

    employees supporting multiple NASA centers, other government users and industry partners

  • 60 +

    years providing innovative solutions to government, private companies and industries

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    in aerospace (Engineering News-Record)

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Launch support

Launch pad 39-B at Kennedy Space Center

As prime contractor for NASA’S Exploration Ground Systems Program at Kennedy Space Center, Jacobs is responsible for the development and operations of flight vehicle components, including integration, processing, testing, launch and recovery. The Jacobs team has helped NASA to modernize and upgrade facilities and ground equipment at KSC to prepare for the launch of the Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion crew vehicle in support of the Artemis Program, which aims to land the first woman and the first person of color on the moon and establish sustainable exploration in preparation for missions to Mars. Examples of this work includes upgrades to the 6-million pound crawler transporter, the 380-foot-tall mobile launcher and launch pad 39B. The launch team is now completing development of the spaceport command and control system software, and is starting to process flight hardware for the launch of SLS and Orion. The Jacobs team also provides technical and engineering support to a variety of commercial space companies, including Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Northrop Grumman and Sierra Nevada.

Space Launch System

Space Launch System

Jacobs is providing technical leadership and support to NASA’s Space Launch System Program in the areas of vehicle systems engineering and integration; flight software development; avionics systems integration; lab construction and operation; vehicle structural load development; structural, propulsion and acoustic testing; and design, development and analysis. The Jacobs team also designs and oversees development and test of the Ground Support Equipment required to transport, test, and operate the massive SLS flight hardware on the ground.

Orion

Capsule Parachute Assembly System

Jacobs is part of the team of engineers supporting development and construction of NASA’s Orion crew capsule, which is built for long-duration, human-rated missions to the moon and into deep space. Jacobs is providing critical engineering, fabrication and testing of Orion’s vital systems to validate strict reliability guidelines that will ensure mission readiness on the first flight to the moon since Apollo. Multiple Jacobs contract operations work as one team to test the Environmental Control Life Support Systems, the Launch Abort System, Capsule Parachute Assembly System and Water Impact Drop and Stress Tests, as well as validating the Thermal Heat Shield withstands re-entry temperatures of more than 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit. The Jacobs team at KSC has developed and produced thousands of heat shield components for Orion.

International Space Station

International Space Station

Jacobs supports cargo delivery to the International Space Station (ISS) for NASA under the Commercial Resupply Services contract at Kennedy Space Center, coordinating logistics of launch payloads in concert with commercial cargo platforms such as Northrup Grumman Cygnus, and?Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency HTV. The Jacobs teams at both Kennedy and Johnson Space Center have the expertise to manage the life cycle of technical and scientific payloads bound for the ISS, from concept formulation to operational systems integration. They can develop and maintain flight hardware used for experiments, coordinate with scientists to prepare and process experiments, and develop on-orbit crew procedures and plans to support the science. At the Marshall Space Flight Center, Jacobs team members develop, manufacture and test components of the ISS Environmental Control and Life Support System, as well as support materials science experiment design, development and fabrication.

As NASA’s largest professional and technical services provider, Jacobs brings subject matter experts with proven experience in their technical fields, delivering innovative solutions to exploration and research programs across the country. This work includes the operation and maintenance of a variety of unique research and development facilities, including NASA arc jet facilities and wind tunnels, with a long history of supporting similar Department of Defense facilities as well.

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