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1 MSFC Partnerships Office Function, Organization, and Operation
Stacy Counts/Manager, MSFC Partnerships Office February 21, 2012

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 Director FP01 / Flight Programs and Partnerships Office FP02 / Planning & Control Office Safety & Mission Assurance Teresa Vanhooser, Manager Alan Clark Rhega Gordon, Manager Paul Gilbert, Deputy Manager Doug Riser, Assistant Manager Lisa Messer, Administrative Officer Shelia Woods (DC), ESA Chief Engineer Lisa Watson - Morgan, Manager Ken Welzyn , Deputy Manager Procurement Mark Stiles FP10 / ISS Office FP20 / Robotic Mission Programs Office FP30 / Human Exploration Development Office FP40 / Partnerships Office Annette Sledd, Manager Dennon Clardy, Manager Chris Cianciola, Manager Stacy Counts, Manager Gregg McDaniel, Deputy Manager Sandra Nixon, MSA Vacant, Deputy Whitney Young, Coord ./Data Mgr. Sheri Bedwell (DC) , MSA Angie Williams, MSA Vacant, MSA Rickey Cissom, Staff Thomas Erdman, Staff CCDEV COTS Commercial Space Commercial Industry Federal Government Academia/International Partners For 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)

4 MSFC Partnerships Office
FP40/Partnerships Office Partnerships Office (FP40) Stacy Counts, Manager Whitney Young, Technical Coordinator MSA, Vacant Commercial Space Partnership Mgr Chip Jones Commercial Industry Federal Government Partnership Manager Charlie Nola International & Academic

5 “One Stop Shop” Systems Engineering Skills Operations NASA Standards
Requirements Definition Design Manufacture Test Verification and Validation Transportation/ Logistics Systems Engineering Skills NASA Standards Certification Space Environments DDT&E Skills Payload Design Launch Vehicle Systems Thermal Protection GN&C S&MA Stennis Space Center Engine Test KSC Launch MAF Advanced Manufacturing (MSFC and MAF) Composites Propulsion Structural

6 MSFC Capabilities of Interest to Commercial Partners
Propulsion Systems Research, Technology, & Development Unique Facilities(MAF & MSFC) Large-Scale Manufacturing (MAF & MSFC) Space Environments & Testing Structural Testing Propulsion Testing Avionics/Electrical Systems and Software Payload Systems Technology, Development, & Integration Vehicle Development and Integration Damage Tolerance & Fracture Mechanics Guidance, Navigation, and Control Thermal Systems Design Program/Project Management Fluid Dynamics Systems Engineering, Analysis, and Integration Mechanical, Propellants, Pressurants, and Calibration Safety and Mission Assurance Mission Operations   ECLSS Design and Development To 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 agreements Provide clear direction on how the process works Connect appropriate technical personnel inside MSFC with partners Coordinate with the parties to ensure the right information is included in the agreement Coordinate with Chief Financial Office on pricing policies and consistency Coordinate with Legal to ensure MSFC Uniqueness statement is adequate Maintain relationships with external partners to ensure that each is getting the facilities and capabilities requested and to respond to issues as soon as possible Support various Industry events to raise awareness of NASA capabilities Maintain a Website for community access to: news releases collaboration events partnerships material organizational contacts hot 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 labor Reimbursable SAA; funding flows from partner to MSFC What is the difference between an “umbrella SAA” and an “Annex” Umbrella Agreement Annex Standalone Agreement How long does an SAA take to establish? How quickly can MSFC begin work on an agreement? Legal flexibilities within the SAA Pull Out clause Nonexclusivity What are key areas that cause an SAA to get “hung up”? Potential Competition with Commercial Providers (MSFC Uniqueness) Potential Conflict of Interest with SLS NRAs Who determines which agreements are accepted and which are not? Partnership Working Group Strategic Planning Council (Center Director and Direct Reports) What are considerations factored in the approval decision? Resource availability Can 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 Opportunity Verify Center Alignment Develop Agreement Agreement Review and Approval Agreement Execution Partnerships Working Group Partnerships 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 Summary NASA 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 Up SAA Checklist for External Partners Examples 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 hardcopy Title of proposed work Purpose/summary of proposed work NASA Mission supported by this work (HEOMD, etc) and how the work supports that mission Responsibilities of the partner/Responsibilities of NASA (usually discussed and developed by NASA/Partner together) Milestones/schedule for proposed tasks Milestone for each deliverable or significant event Payment information (incremental or one lump sum) NASA facilities to be used NASA-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 agreement Proprietary data of partner (to include software) Proprietary data of government (to include software) Proprietary data for third parties The method of disposal of data desired by the partner Patent Rights Patents pending on any task/data involved? Existing patent on NASA or Partner side? Length of agreement (1 – 5 years) Partner Management POC Partner Technical POC (if desired) Partner Signatory (usually partner’s contracts personnel)

14 SAA Checklist (continued)
Statement of NASA/MSFC Uniqueness Any 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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