2 Why do we have a Partnerships Office? Created to provide beginning-to-end institutional capability for Partnerships.Serves organizations across the Center as a central hub for Partnerships assistance.The Office works closely with Center Strategic Development, Sciences, Engineering, Chief Technologist and the external community to form agreements that leverage Marshall’s capabilities, facilities, and expertise.The Office focuses on business practices and collaborative forums that facilitate Partnerships.Emphasis is on External Partner Needs
3 Flight Programs and Partnerships Office Robert Lightfoot/MSFC Center DirectorFP01 /Flight Programs andPartnershipsOfficeFP02 / Planning & Control OfficeSafety & Mission AssuranceTeresa Vanhooser, ManagerAlan ClarkRhegaGordon, ManagerPaul Gilbert,Deputy ManagerDoug Riser,AssistantManagerLisa Messer, AdministrativeOfficerShelia Woods (DC), ESAChiefEngineerLisa Watson-Morgan, ManagerKenWelzyn, Deputy ManagerProcurementMark StilesFP10 / ISS OfficeFP20 / Robotic Mission Programs OfficeFP30 / HumanExploration DevelopmentOfficeFP40 / PartnershipsOfficeAnnetteSledd, ManagerDennonClardy, ManagerChrisCianciola, ManagerStacy Counts, ManagerGreggMcDaniel, Deputy ManagerSandraNixon, MSAVacant, DeputyWhitney Young,Coord./Data Mgr.Sheri Bedwell (DC), MSAAngie Williams, MSAVacant, MSARickey Cissom, StaffThomas Erdman, StaffCCDEVCOTSCommercial SpaceCommercial IndustryFederal GovernmentAcademia/International PartnersFor more information, contact:Stacy Counts, Manager, Partnerships Office, (256)Chip Jones, Partnership Manager for Commercial Space, (256)Charles Nola, Partnership Manager for Federal Government, (256)
5 “One Stop Shop” Systems Engineering Skills Operations NASA Standards Requirements DefinitionDesignManufactureTestVerification and ValidationTransportation/ LogisticsSystems Engineering SkillsNASA StandardsCertificationSpace EnvironmentsDDT&E SkillsPayload DesignLaunch Vehicle SystemsThermal ProtectionGN&CS&MAStennis Space CenterEngine TestKSC LaunchMAFAdvanced Manufacturing (MSFC and MAF)CompositesPropulsionStructural
6 MSFC Capabilities of Interest to Commercial Partners Propulsion Systems Research, Technology, & DevelopmentUnique Facilities(MAF & MSFC)Large-Scale Manufacturing (MAF & MSFC)Space Environments & TestingStructural TestingPropulsion TestingAvionics/Electrical Systems and SoftwarePayload Systems Technology, Development, & IntegrationVehicle Development and IntegrationDamage Tolerance & Fracture MechanicsGuidance, Navigation, and ControlThermal Systems DesignProgram/Project ManagementFluid DynamicsSystems Engineering, Analysis, and IntegrationMechanical, Propellants, Pressurants, and CalibrationSafety and Mission AssuranceMission Operations ECLSS Design and DevelopmentTo support those core areas, we have many capabilities we’ve built up over 50 years. I’d define a capability as a discipline where we have a workforce with the knowledge and experience and/or special facilities to support that work – all of which should be of interest to commercial partners, regardless of their interest – propulsion, structures, materials, life support, etc. and where they are in their development cycle.If it goes to or through space, we’ve got capabilities there.
7 Partnerships Office Functions Facilitate the development of new agreements, or update existing agreementsProvide clear direction on how the process worksConnect appropriate technical personnel inside MSFC with partnersCoordinate with the parties to ensure the right information is included in the agreementCoordinate with Chief Financial Office on pricing policies and consistencyCoordinate with Legal to ensure MSFC Uniqueness statement is adequateMaintain relationships with external partners to ensure that each is getting the facilities and capabilities requested and to respond to issues as soon as possibleSupport various Industry events to raise awareness of NASA capabilitiesMaintain a Website for community access to:news releasescollaboration eventspartnerships materialorganizational contactshot links to engineering sites, other NASA Partnership Office sites
8 Space Act Agreements – What You Should Know Most of the agreements we use for partnerships are Space Act Agreements.Nonreimbursable SAA; no funding involved but MSFC must have an internal charge code to cover laborReimbursable SAA; funding flows from partner to MSFCWhat is the difference between an “umbrella SAA” and an “Annex”Umbrella AgreementAnnexStandalone AgreementHow long does an SAA take to establish?How quickly can MSFC begin work on an agreement?Legal flexibilities within the SAAPull Out clauseNonexclusivityWhat are key areas that cause an SAA to get “hung up”?Potential Competition with Commercial Providers (MSFC Uniqueness)Potential Conflict of Interest with SLS NRAsWho determines which agreements are accepted and which are not?Partnership Working GroupStrategic Planning Council (Center Director and Direct Reports)What are considerations factored in the approval decision?Resource availabilityCan other NASA Centers add an annex to a MSFC umbrella and vice versa?
9 Agreement Steps Identify Opportunity Verify Center Alignment Partnerships Office engages with partner on possible opportunities; requests technical POCs from ED.Identify OpportunityVerify Center AlignmentDevelop AgreementAgreement Review and ApprovalAgreement ExecutionPartnerships Working GroupPartnerships Office drafts initial agreement and brings technical POCs in for discussion on tasks.Partnerships Office maintains communication with partner and helps to work any issues.
10 SummaryNASA is transforming its conventional thinking on partnerships to put more emphasis on long-term relationship management, and on external stakeholder needs.MSFC’s Center Director demonstrated his support to NASA’s partnerships initiative by instituting a Center re-organization with established offices for Partnerships and Center Strategic Development.
11 Back UpSAA Checklist for External PartnersExamples of Proposed Umbrella Scope, MSFC Uniqueness Statements
12 SAA Checklist Type of SAA Reimbursable Non-Reimbursable Name of company, and division if desired, with address to send SAA hardcopyTitle of proposed workPurpose/summary of proposed workNASA Mission supported by this work (HEOMD, etc) and how the work supports that missionResponsibilities of the partner/Responsibilities of NASA (usually discussed and developed by NASA/Partner together)Milestones/schedule for proposed tasksMilestone for each deliverable or significant eventPayment information (incremental or one lump sum)NASA facilities to be usedNASA-owned equipment/property to be loaned to the partner
13 SAA Checklist (continued) Proprietary data to be shared“Background data” – existing company proprietary data (i.e. engine performance data) provided by partner and needed for the agreementProprietary data of partner (to include software)Proprietary data of government (to include software)Proprietary data for third partiesThe method of disposal of data desired by the partnerPatent RightsPatents pending on any task/data involved?Existing patent on NASA or Partner side?Length of agreement (1 – 5 years)Partner Management POCPartner Technical POC (if desired)Partner Signatory (usually partner’s contracts personnel)
14 SAA Checklist (continued) Statement of NASA/MSFC UniquenessAny related patented inventions that can be used to support NASA’s uniqueness?Any unique expertise of proposed NASA participating employees?Any unique equipment or facility owned by NASA?Any unique analysis techniques and/or associated tools?Has partner tried to obtain proposed work outside NASA resources and found unavailable?
15 Examples of Umbrella Purpose This Umbrella Agreement shall be for the purpose of providing a mechanism for MSFC and Partner to collaborate on current and future Launch Vehicle Technologies to include shared facilities, hardware, capabilities, and technical expertise at the respective organizations.This Umbrella Agreement shall be for establishing the legal framework within which Partner and MSFC may collaborate for the purpose of exchanging engineering expertise and support in the areas of safety, design, development, and systems integration of space flight hardware to include use of facilities as needed.This Umbrella Agreement shall be for the purpose of providing reimbursable support to Partner in their efforts to design, develop, test, and operate launch vehicles and space systems, including but not limited to: launch vehicle structural design and fabrication; liquid rocket engine design and test; launch abort systems and cargo and payload processing and integration.
16 Examples of MSFC Uniqueness Partner wants to work with NASA MSFC because there are no commercial entities with this technology development capability that would not be a competitor to Partner for future applications of the technology. MSFC has been involved in every civilian development effort to mature the technology since NASA’s formation and has extensive expertise and capability.Assess:Unique NASA facilities that can’t be found in industry?Unique NASA resources/expertise that can’t be found in industry?Integrated testing that combines several individual test scenarios?Combination of design, manufacture and test needed at one location?Only other providers of the needed resources/facilities/capabilities are competitors?
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