March 1, 2011, marked the beginning of NASA’s Engineering Services Contract (ESC) at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Florida. The ESC is an institutional services contract providing engineering services to the Kennedy Space Center and the NASA programs, and projects carried out within KSC. The ESC is truly anintegrated team consisting of the prime contractor, QinetiQ North America, and thirteen teammates. Sierra Lobo is one of the major teammates on the ESC, with employees distributed over six different organizations.
SLI employees consist of a wide variety of highly skilled professionals including scientists, chemists, engineers, designers, technicians and laboratory personnel working in electrical and fluids design engineering organizations, and multiple laboratories and test facilities. Projects on the ESC are very diverse, ranging from designing new launch complexes to testing lunar soil.
As the Shuttle program nears its end, ESC and KSC are beginning to focus on new programs and projects. One such undertaking is developing a 21st Century Launch Complex. The concept behind
this endeavor is to create facilities that are easily configurable with the ability to adapt to multiple launch vehicles. This will give KSC the ability to provide launch services to not only NASA, but also to DoD and commercial customers.
The first step in this process is the remolding of Launch Pad 39B. This pad was one of two used to launch the Space Shuttles. As part of this project, ESC designed a new Lightning Protection System and designed, fabricated, and installed the new Pad Weather System, which includes high-speed cameras. As demonstrated by the photos below, both systems were recently severely put to the test and succeeded admirably. This is just one example of the numerous projects where ESC and Sierra Lobo have exhibited their vast technical capabilities at the Kennedy Space Center.