Innovation Highlights

The Aerospace Corporation is involved in working on some of the most cutting-edge innovations in the national security space community. Click on the links on this page to read articles about the results of some of the corporation’s recent research work.

Aerospace Plays Big Role in NEXT Big Thing

Mark Crofton measures movements made by the NASA Evolutionary Xenon Thruster (NEXT) during testing. (Photo: Heather Golden/The Aerospace Corporation)

Aerospace, in partnership with NASA, is on the cutting edge of the next big thing in ion engine propulsion.  More »

Incubating Bright Ideas

Randy Villahermosa knows that innovation and technology are part of the Aerospace DNA. (Photo: Eric Hamburg/The Aerospace Corporation)

The Aerospace Technical Investment Program supports cutting edge research and technology through several internal grant programs.  More »

Smashing Satellites for Science

Patti Sheaffer carefully gets the first target ready to be blown to smithereens. (Photo courtesy DebriSat Project)

Usually, scientists and engineers work very hard to keep spacecraft from colliding with debris. Not this time.  More »

AeroCube 6 Launches Aboard Russian Rocket

AeroCube 6 comprises two half-unit CubeSat satellites. (Illustration: Jason Perez/The Aerospace Corporation)

AeroCube 6, comprising two half-unit picosats, was launched aboard a Dnepr rocket.  More »

Aerospace Engineer Proves Staggered Engine Start Theory

Drawing on left shows projected flames with staggered engine start; right shows what happened with conventional engine ignition. (Illustration: The Aerospace Corporation)

Aerospace engineer Dr. Jin Wook Lee devised a software tool to simulate a new way to launching a rocket -- the staggered engine start.  More »

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