Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC)

The Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC), located in Huntsville, Alabama, designs, develops and builds engines, vehicles, space systems, instruments and payloads, offering its one-of-a-kind expertise and capabilities in science and engineering to further space exploration and discovery.  Marshall also develops, integrates, operates, and supports major components and systems for the International Space Station (ISS), as well as managing all science work done on-board the ISS from the Payload Operations Integration Center.[1]

Systems needed for NASA’s new advanced heavy-lift Space Launch System (SLS), designed to enable crewed exploration missions beyond low-Earth orbit, are being managed by Marshall, including the advanced, heavy-lift vehicle. Development of the SLS will take place at the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, a NASA-owned facility managed by MSFC.[2] 

In addition to the ISS and SLS, other Marshall Missions include:

  • Chandra X-Ray Observatory, a space-based telescope focusing on the X-ray band of the spectrum.
  • Discovery, scientific investigations that complement NASA’s larger planetary exploration missions (e.g., GRAIL, Deep Impact, Kepler, etc.).
  • Hinode, investigates the interaction between the sun’s magnetic field and its corona.
  • New Frontiers, conducts frequent, medium-class spacecraft missions to explore our solar system.
  • SERVIR, a regional visualization and monitoring system integrating satellite and other geospatial data for improved decision making in disaster situations, ecosystems, biodiversity, weather, water, climate, oceans, health, agriculture, and energy.
  • Solar System Exploration, a new Marshall managed program focused on planetary science objectives such as instrumentation for the European Space Agency JUICE mission.
  • Short-term Prediction Research and Transition (SpoRT), provides real-time data and products to the National Weather Service in an effort to improve forecasting and to help save lives.[3]

Information on doing business with Marshall Space Flight Center can be found here.


  • Jody Singer is the director of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.
  • Dr. Paul K. McConnaughey is the deputy center director of Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.
  • Steve Miley, associate director of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama
  • Preston Jones, associate director, technical of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.


Updated November 2020, by Theresa Pipher