Houston, We Have a Solution

NASA’s Mission Control Center at the Johnson Space Center has to remain powered up at all times to maintain communications with the International Space Station. Johnson Space Center is one of three NASA space centers where PAE provides operations and maintenance services. More than 500 people work to keep the center running 24/7, year-round.

Through Lean Six Sigma practices, PAE devised a smarter way to keep uninterrupted power flowing to NASA’s critical hub in Houston.


Keeping Mission Control operational: If power to Mission Control goes down, communications to the International Space Station goes dark. It’s not enough to have just a backup generator; there’s a potential lag of up to 45 minutes between initial loss of power and the generator coming fully online. 

Mission Control must stay powered up 24/7, 365 days a year. PAE found a way to make that happen.

PAE devised a system of lithium-ion batteries that will provide 2.5 megawatts of continuous power in the event of a power plant failure. The $17 million project is scheduled to be completed by spring of 2020. 


The backup generators for NASA's Mission Control will be powered by lithium-ion batteries to ensure an instant start.


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Infrastructure and Logistics Team
PAE's Infrastructure and Logistics Team is responsible for the base operations and operations and management of DoD, Department of State and NASA facilities.