Developing Partnerships... Launching Dreams
The NASA Propellants and Life Support Branch (PLS) offers Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station customers one-stop access to over 22 liquid propellants, pressurants, chemicals, and special fluids. Each year PLS completes thousands of support operations for Altas, Delta, Falcon, International Space Station, spacecraft, ad on-board payloads. We bring expertise in PLS logistics, engineering, and business to deliver safe, reliable and cost effective propellant support. Go fly and leave the propellants acquisition, coordination, storage, chemical analysis and distributions to us!
Many aerospace operations require the use of fluids and gases, also known as propellants and pressurants. As the nation’s premier launch site for more than 50 years, KSC offers a high level of engineering expertise and capability related to the acquisition, storage, transfer, sample and analysis, and distribution of propellants, including the associated operations and maintenance of propellant facilities, systems, and equipment. This support includes maintenance of permanent distribution pipelines to major operational facilities such as the launch pads, the Vehicle Assembly Building, the Space Station Processing Facility and the Launch Equipment Test Facility.
Locally at KSC, PLS duties include:
Pressure Vessels & Pressurized Systems
The PV/S Program and Staff are now part of KSC Safety and Mission Assurance Directorate (SA)
The NASA PV/S program is lead by the pressure systems manager (PSM). The PSM is responsible for ensuring compliance to KNPR 8715.3 Attachment E, which complies with NASA policy's NPR 1710.5 and NASA-STD-8719.17. The PSM holds quarterly PV/S Safety Committee meetings with the O&M contractors, and NASA systems engineers to discuss current certification and inspection status, important code or policy changes, any incidents in the previous quarter, or other PV/S issues.
NASA PV/S is charged with ensuring all new designs and procurements comply with the ASME Boiler and Pressure Codes, and the appropriate piping standard. Designers should be sure to include PV/S representation on their 30/60/90 and 100% design reviews to ensure PV/S certification requirements are met before installation and operation.
The PV/S program covers both internal and external (vacuum) pressure vessels and pressure systems. There are very few exemptions to certification, and those can be found in KNPR 8715.3, but exemptions must be cleared through the PSM and documented. Mobile Equipment operated and maintained on KSC are 49 CFR compliant.
Examples of covered PV/S include:
KSC has approximately 3,000 pressure vessels and related systems.
The certification is a review of the related manufacturing documentation, an inspection of the vessel or system, and its operating history. The certification also includes a schedule for inspections and recertification intervals.
PV/S questions or concerns should be directed to the Pressure Systems Manager.
Ready to explore a partnership, or simply need more information? Please submit your inquiry to our KSC Facilitator.
Contact Us: KSC-Partnerships@mail.nasa.gov