Frequently Asked Questions
Doing Business with Aerospace
Can we distribute or sell your products?
The Aerospace Corporation does no manufacturing, nor does it offer products for sale.
Can we offer you our products and/or services? How do we become an Aerospace supplier?
The Aerospace Corporation obtains products and services to support business operations. We actively encourage and seek suppliers classified as small, small-disadvantaged, women-owned, and HUBZone small businesses. Our procurement personnel may consider multiple factors such as business experience, financial stability, technical qualifications, price, and delivery when awarding orders. Suppliers are encouraged to present innovative ideas and technologies, while continuing to emphasize price, performance, quality, and delivery.
Our Procurement Department will conduct and conclude all negotiations and has the sole authority to commit funds for purchases and to authorize the commencement of work. Procurement is centrally located at our El Segundo, Calif., facility. More information can be found at the Supplier Diversity Program page.
How can I become an astronaut?
The Aerospace Corporation does not provide astronaut training. We recommend that you visit the NASA website for information regarding astronaut training.
What courses are necessary for a space-related career?
Typical academic backgrounds include mechanical and aeronautical engineering, civil engineering, chemical engineering, electrical engineering, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, and physics. Most of our technical and scientific employees have extensive academic backgrounds (29 percent Ph.D., 41 percent M.S., 28 percent B.S. degrees).
Does The Aerospace Corporation hire private contractors or consultants?
Yes, but typically private contractors and consultants are identified and contacted by internal Aerospace groups requiring their specialized expertise.
Does The Aerospace Corporation have internships?
Yes, information about summer internships can be found on our Summer Internship page.
What are your current job openings?
Job openings can be found in the Careers section of this website. Openings are generally available at many of our corporate locations, including sites in California, Colorado, Maryland, Virginia, and other states.
GPS (Global Positioning System)
Where can I find more information concerning GPS?
There is a wide range of information about the Global Positioning System online. Take a look at some of the following sites to find more information:
How can I get a copy of Aerospace technical reports?
Requests for copies of Aerospace technical reports should be sent to the Lauritsen Library, or call 310-336-5110.
Please provide the report number, author, or title. You should be aware, however, that most Aerospace reports have restricted distribution requirements. Lauritsen Library personnel will be able to tell you more, should the report you want be restricted.
How can I get a copy of the annual report?
You are welcome to download and print the latest annual report from The Aerospace Corporation here.
Limited numbers of hardcopies of the Annual Report can be requested by sending email to Corporate Communications.
How can I see a launch?
The Aerospace Corporation supports various civilian and military launches. However, we do not control visitor access to launches. You should contact the organization controlling the launch pads themselves to learn more about arranging a possible visit to witness a launch.
How can I ask an Aerospace scientist a question?
The Aerospace Corporation’s scientists and engineers are engaged in numerous tasks and projects for our customers and we apologize they do not have time to answer questions received from the general public.
How can I get more information about space debris?
The Aerospace Corporation’s Center for Orbital and Reentry Debris Studies (CORDS) provides information about space debris, reentry data and reentry predictions, and an FAQ.
How can I visit The Aerospace Corporation?
Due to contractual obligations, Aerospace does not permit casual access to its facilities. However, visits are available to a number of government space-related locations. The following sites provide information on how to arrange a visit to a government facility.