The Aerospace Corporation Customers

Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) at Los Angeles Air Force Base is a part of Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) of the United States Air Force. SMC’s mission is to conduct research and development of U.S. military space and missile systems. The are also responsible for acquisition, on-orbit testing, and sustainment of several national space programs, including:

  • Global Positioning System (GPS) III
  • Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS)
  • Wideband Global SATCOM System (WGS)
  • Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) MILSATCOM System
  • Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP)
  • Evolved expendable launch vehicles (EELVs) Delta IV and Atlas V
  • Defense Satellite Communications System (DSCS)
  • Defense Support Program (DSP)

The National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) designs, builds, and operates the nation’s reconnaissance satellites. NRO products, provided to customers like the Central Intelligence Agency and the Department of Defense, can warn of potential trouble spots around the world, help plan military operations, and monitor the environment. Aerospace supports the NRO by:

  • Providing planning, development, test, and launch preparation support to classified NRO programs
  • Supporting the NRO’s exploration and development of international and commercial partnerships in new reconnaissance systems
  • Assisting the NRO to develop new imaging and remote-sensing capabilities for national security

Civil and Commercial customers include civilian agencies (e.g., NASA, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S.Geological Survey) and commercial companies (e.g., Iridium, Boeing, Orbital Sciences Corporation).

  • Aerospace will only undertake civil and commercial business projects that are in the national interest
  • This work can be performed either by direct contract or as an additional task on the Air Force contract, and is acquired without formal competition with the U.S. for-profit industry
  • Aerospace supports civil and commercial customers without diminishing the quality of services to Aerospace’s primary customers; and accomplishes this work by utilization of the corporation’s traditional skills base