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Materials Science

The NASA KSC Materials Science team provides science and engineering services for customers at KSC.  With the over 50 years of expertise in the materials science field, we provide unique solutions to unusual and urgent problems associated with flight hardware, ground support equipment, and other unique customer requests.

KSC provides a multitude of services, including:

  • Independent / unbiased failure analysis and root cause determination
  • On-site rapid response failure analysis
  • Mishap investigation 
  • Materials testing
  • Chemical analysis 6.1 Materials Testing Laboratories - Cone Calorimeter Forced Combustion Fire Test
  • Precision measuring
  • Cryogenic testing
  • Non Destructive Evaluation (NDE)
  • Rapid prototyping
  • Dust mitigation (electrostatics).
  • Support to accident / mishap investigation boards
  • Materials testing and evaluation
  • Materials and Processes (M&P) engineering design & consultation
  • Metrology/Precision dimensional analysis
  • Chemical Analysis (including ID of unknown materials)
  • Mechanical design and fabrication
  • Electronic controls systems and component testing
  • Advanced Non-Destructive Evaluation (NDE) expertise
  • Corrosion science and engineering

Capabilities / Services

  • Materials Testing
    •   Cryogenics
    •   Chemical sampling & analysis
    •   Corrosion
    •   Electrostatics
    •   Tensile, compression, & fatigue
    •   Vibration
    •   Thermal vacuum & environmental chamber
    •   Materials compatibility (oxygen; hypergols; flammability)
  • Materials Failure Analysis (Materials, Electrical, & Mechanical)
  • NDE Lab, field, & advanced techniques
    • Precision measurement/metrology
    • Mechanics of materials in a launch pad environment
    • Rapid prototype support


      • Experience with Apollo, Shuttle, ISS, Ares, and commercial aerospace
        •   Wire Rope Lighting Strike Testing
        •   Refractory Concrete Testing
        •   Ice Detection Method
      • Collaborations with DoD, NTSB, NASA Engineering and Safety Center (NESC), Office of Inspector General (OIG), Local Law Enforcement, Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), Academia

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      Ready to explore a partnership, or simply need more information?  Please submit your inquiry to our KSC Facilitator.

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