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Ames Research Center

One of ten NASA field enters, Ames Research Center is located in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley. For more than 75 years, Ames has led NASA in conducting world-class research and development in aeronautics, exploration technology and science aligned with the center’s core capabilities.

Ames Research Center

One of ten NASA field enters, Ames Research Center, is located in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley. For more than 75 years, Ames has led NASA in conducting world-class research and development in aeronautics, exploration technology and science aligned with the center’s core capabilities.

  • Entry systems: Safely delivering spacecraft to Earth & other celestial bodies
  • Supercomputing: Enabling NASA’s advanced modeling and simulation
  • NextGen air transportation: Transforming the way we fly
  • Airborne science: Examining our own world & beyond from the sky
  • Low-cost missions: Enabling high value science to low Earth orbit & the moon
  • Biology & astrobiology: Understanding life on Earth – and in space
  • Exoplanets: Finding worlds beyond our own
  • Autonomy & robotics: Complementing humans in space
  • Lunar science: Rediscovering our moon
  • Human factors: Advancing human-technology interaction for NASA missions
  • Wind tunnels: Testing on the ground before you take to the sky
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Armstrong Flight Center

Located at Edwards, California, in the western Mojave Desert, Armstrong Flight Center is uniquely situated to take advantage of the excellent year-round flying weather, remote area and visibility to flight test some of the nation’s most unique aircraft and aeronautical systems, as well as conduct flight operations for a wide variety of airborne science missions.

Armstrong Flight Research Center

As the lead for flight research, Armstrong Flight Center continues to innovate in aeronautics and space technology. The newest, fastest, the highest — all have made their debut in the vast, clear desert skies over Armstrong.

In support of aeronautical research and development, the center is involved in many aspects of NASA’s Fundamental Aeronautics and Aviation Safety programs. Current or recent projects have involved:

  • Improving fuel efficiencies and reducing potentially harmful exhaust emissions
  • Noise reduction on takeoff and landing via aerodynamic improvements including flexible control surfaces
  • Research into vehicle integrated propulsion
  • Development of systems and procedures to safely integrate remotely or autonomously operated aircraft into the national airspace with aircraft flown by on-board pilots
  • Mitigation of sonic booms that could make supersonic commercial flight over the U.S. feasible.
  • Improved ground and airborne automatic collision avoidance systems
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Glenn Research Center

Located in Cleveland, Ohio, Glenn Research Center is one of ten NASA field centers and a crucial element to both the Agency and the region. The Center has been at the forefront of aeronautics and space research since it officially opened as a National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) laboratory in 1942.

Glenn Research Center

Glenn Research Center develops and transfers critical technologies that address national priorities through research, technology development, and systems development for safe and reliable aeronautics, aerospace, and space applications. Engineers at NASA’s Glenn Research Center are advancing the propulsion system that will propel the first ever mission to redirect an asteroid for astronauts to explore in the 2020s. NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission will test a number of new capabilities, like advanced Solar Electric Propulsion (SEP), needed for future astronaut expeditions into deep space, including to Mars.

The Center has many technical and institutional competencies. GRC’s six core competencies are critical to the health and future of the Center and the Agency. These core competencies and GRC’s mission-enabling capabilities are integral parts of the Agency capability portfolio that supports NASA’s strategic plan and missions.

  • Air-Breathing Propulsion
  • Communications Technology and Development
  • In-Space Propulsion and Cryogenic Fluids Management
  • Power, Energy Storage and Conversion
  • Materials for Extreme Environments
  • Physical Sciences and Biomedical Technologies in Space
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Goddard Space Flight Center

Named for American rocketry pioneer Dr. Robert H. Goddard, the Goddard Space Flight Center was established May 1, 1959, as NASA’s first space flight complex. Goddard and its several facilities are critical in carrying out NASA’s missions of space exploration and scientific discovery.

Goddard Space Flight Center

NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center is home to the nation’s largest organization of scientists, engineers and technologists who build spacecraft, instruments and new technology to study Earth, the sun, our solar system and the universe.Goddard is home to Hubble operations and the upcoming James Webb Space Telescope. Goddard manages communications between mission control and orbiting astronauts aboard the International Space Station. Goddard scientists stare into the sun, grind up meteorites for signs of life’s building blocks, look into the farthest reaches of space, and untangle the mysteries of our own changing world. Goddard engineers construct sensitive instruments, build telescopes that peer into the cosmos, and operate the test chambers that ensure those satellites’ survival.

The mission of the Goddard Space Flight Center is to expand knowledge on the Earth and its environment, the solar system, and the universe through observations from space. In addition to Goddard’s main campus a few miles outside Washington, D.C., in Greenbelt, Maryland, the center manages several other facilities on behalf of NASA.

  • Improving fuel efficiencies and reducing potentially harmful exhaust emissions
  • Noise reduction on takeoff and landing via aerodynamic improvements including flexible control surfaces
  • Research into vehicle integrated propulsion

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