Our History

Providing Objective Scientific Evaluation and Analyses for More Than 55 Years

The Aerospace Corporation traces its roots to the beginning of the space age, when landing on the moon was a distant but exciting possibility, and mastery of space was seen as a huge strategic asset in the conflict with the Soviet Union. Space promised adventure and held great potential, but reaching space—in addition to developing and managing the nation’s space and missile activities—presented unique technical challenges to the Air Force and other government agencies involved in the fledgling aerospace industry.

After concerns were raised about the potential for conflicts of interest between contractors and the Air Force, Congress formed the Millikan Committee to study the Air Force’s approach to missile and space systems work. The committee recommended the formation of a noncompetitive organization committed to providing objective, unbiased technical assistance to the Air Force. On June 3, 1960, The Aerospace Corporation was incorporated as a nonprofit corporation under California law.

Aerospace has since provided independent technical and scientific research, development, and advisory services to government and civil customers with the aim of assuring 100-percent mission success.

Aerospace is uniquely positioned to bring our immense catalogue of technical expertise and decades of experience to tackle today’s most exciting and challenging problems. As a steward of our nation’s scientific and engineering expertise, we continue our tradition of providing exceptional support to the Air Force and other government and civilian partners on a wide range of innovative projects.

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