As commercial partnerships assume an increasing role in NASA technology development and spaceflight operations, other organizations have the opportunity to leverage our national investments and JSC capabilities to solve technical challenges for NASA and industry partners. NASA and Jacobs have a common goal and coordinate to provide the forum to cultivate relationships and explore opportunities with organizations that are interested in utilizing the unique facilities, technology, and expertise found at NASA JSC.
Partnerships at JSC are typically formalized through a Space Act Agreement (SAA), the contractual vehicle NASA uses for technical collaboration for the utilization of JSC physical and intellectual resources for non-government purposes. Jacobs has an established SAA with JSC that provides outside organizations the ability to quickly access NASA resources. Jacobs will work with you to determine the best contractual mechanism that fits your need.
Jacobs Technology is a prime contractor providing engineering and science products and services to the NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC). Jacobs works side by side with NASA to develop and utilize many of the technologies that are needed for the exploration of space. Jacobs has been authorized by JSC to collaborate with organizations that may have a need to work with JSC resources to meet their business and technology goals. Jacobs will then help these organizations, businesses, and academic institutions access the facility and technology resources at NASA.
Robonaut 2 or “R2” is set to define a new era of exploration in space as the first permanent crew member of the International Space Station (ISS). On the ground, General Motors (GM), NASA’s partner in R2’s development, plans to use the robot to test advanced vehicle safety systems and to create safer manufacturing options, broadening the competitive advantage of U.S. industry. GM expects that an R2 derivative will be used on the factory floor, alongside workers, to build higher quality vehicles. GM continues to partner with NASA JSC on a follow-on development project to create a glove (K-glove) to assist humans in grasping heavy objects for long periods of time and reduce the risk of repetitive stress injury.
Any data produced under the execution of the Jacobs SAA, which is marked proprietary to your organization, will not be shared with NASA (unless you wish to provide it to them) and will remain proprietary to your organization. Data produced jointly by NASA, and your organization or which is released by your direction to NASA, is protected by NASA for a period of up to 5 years following development of the data. NASA may only use this data for U.S. Government purposes and must protect the proprietary data against use or disclosure to any third party. Following the 5 year period, the data which has been provided to NASA will not be released, but it can be specifically requested under the Freedom of Information Act. If it is requested under FOIA, NASA will provide it to the requestor. Any data belonging solely to your organization, which is marked as proprietary, will be used by Jacobs and NASA only for the purposes of carrying out their respective responsibilities under the SAA.