JSC has installed a return entry gate for employees who use the Gilruth Center. There already is an exit gate to leave the secure JSC facility at the Gilruth, but now JSC badged employees will be able to return onsite from the Gilruth using their badge. The Gilruth Gate #6 is an automated gate.
The driver approaches the gate, stops by the silver stanchion with the card reader, intercom, and CCTV camera. The driver presents his PIV badge to the card reader and receives a green light signifying a valid read. The driver waits for the gate to retract and fully open and then waits for the gate arm barrier to rise. The gate travels at one-foot per second and takes about nine seconds to completely open. The driver proceeds slowly through the gate opening and stops at the stop sign on Second Street. After the car passes the gate barrier arm, the arm will return to the down position to ensure that only one car goes through the gate per PIV badge read on the card reader. After the car clears the last embedded safety loop, the gate begins its countdown to close.
Once the gate barrier arm has returned to the down position, and while the gate is still open, the next car approaches the silver stanchion with the card reader, intercom, and CCTV camera. The driver presents his PIV badge to the card reader and receives a green light signifying a valid read. The driver waits for the gate arm barrier to rise and with the gate already open proceeds slowly through the gate opening to the stop sign on Second Street.
Since the gate takes nine (9) seconds to completely open and another nine (9) seconds to close, the gate barrier arm was added to ensure that only one car travels through the gate per valid PIV badge read. If a line of cars are waiting the re-enter JSC, the gate may remain open as the gate barrier arm goes up and down letting individually authorized cars in without having to wait for eighteen (18) seconds for the gate to open and close completely.
There are three safety devices associated with the gate operation. First, the gate has inductive safety loops that will used to stop or reverse direction of the automatic gate to prevent the gate from closing when it detects the presence of a vehicle on the loop. Second, the gate itself has a bumper sensor mounted on the leading edge of the gate that will upon contact cause the gate to stop and reverse directions. Third, there are two photo eyes that in the event the photo beam is blocked will prevent the gate from closing.
JSC Security monitors the gate operation through CCTV cameras, active patrols, and random inspections. Should an employee fail to follow the outlined procedures, it will result in a six (6)-point violation under the JSC Traffic code and an automatic 90-day suspension of the Gilruth Gate #6 privilege.
Can someone else ride in my car? Yes, but only badge employees are allowed to enter JSC. The driver is responsible for occupants within his vehicle. Occupants must have a valid NASA PIV or locally issued JSC badge to enter the site.
What are the gate hours? The gate is operational 24-hours per day but the Gilruth Center is only open from 0530-2200 Monday through Friday and Saturday and Sunday 0800-1700.
What to do if my badge doesn’t work? Press the intercom button for assistance from the Emergency Dispatch Center. The Dispatcher may deny access and require the driver to turn around and re-enter the center through a manned gate or the Dispatcher maybe able to validate the badge and remotely open the gate.
Can I leave the center using the re-entry gate? No, the gate is one-way ingress traffic. The exit gate is located at the end of Second Street.
What happens if security conditions change? Should the center’s threat condition change, the gate may be secured and all traffic must pass through a manned gate.
What happens if the gate does not open? Press the intercom button and speak with the Emergency Dispatch Center.
Is there information on the Starport Website?
Yes, there is a description of the gate operation and Frequently Asked Questions FAQs.
May a pedestrian or cyclist use the JSC Gilruth Gate #6? Unfortunately no, automated gates such as the JSC Gilruth Gate #6 are not designed to safely allow pedestrian traffic. Safety is a priority and all pedestrians and cyclists are required to use the pedestrian gate associated with the running trail located next to the exit gate at the end of Second Street. These pedestrian gates have PIV card readers to ensure only badged employees access the center through the gate. All badged employees have access to the pedestrian gates and a NAMS request is not required to use the pedestrian gates