What We Do | The Aerospace FFRDC

Providing Technical and Analytical Expertise to Space Programs in Service of the National Interest

The Aerospace Corporation operates a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) for the United States Air Force. In this role, we provide engineering and acquisition management support as well as objective technical analyses and assessments to the Air Force, other Department of Defense organizations, and select civilian agencies supporting the nation’s national security space (NSS) enterprise.

Our primary FFRDC customers are the Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center and the National Reconnaissance Office. Aerospace supports a number of other organizations, including but not limited to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, other Intelligence Community agencies, NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and the U.S. Army and Navy.

Aerospace has developed a comprehensive array of capabilities that address virtually all technical challenges facing space systems. Each capability fills a specific need in support of our customers.

Since the establishment of the Aerospace FFRDC in 1960, our end-to-end involvement in space and space-based systems has been focused on reducing development risks and costs, and enabling a high probability of mission success. Further, our roles as the data repository and national memory for NSS launch and satellite systems allow us to support both long-term planning and the immediate needs of the nation’s military and reconnaissance space program, from inception and definition; through design, architecture, and engineering; to launch, deployment, and data collection.

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