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Research & Engineering

Enabling future aerospace missions and new technological capabilities for NASA and the nation with our research, technology development, and engineering system development.

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Innovative research and engineering in advanced communications technologies, architecture definition, and systems development supporting current and future NASA aerospace missions.

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Cross-cutting Capabilities

Enabling development of advanced technologies and flight systems with cross-cutting capabilities in controls, sensors, thermal management, avionics, and computational models.

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Materials & Structures for Extreme Environments

Researching and developing materials, structures, and mechanisms technologies for propulsion, power, energy storage, and space and planetary environments. Engineering and testing expertise supporting mission success for advanced structural systems and mechanisms.

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Leading power technology development and systems design for space exploration vehicles, planetary surface power, and electrified aircraft.

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Driving advances in air-breathing technology for aerospace vehicles, and performing research and developing technology for spacecraft propulsion systems and stages, and cryogenic fluid flight systems.

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Systems Engineering

Developing and engineering integrated and complex systems architecture for space flight, aeronautics, and ground-based vehicle applications.

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