Then and Now: 50 Years Supporting National Secuity Space
Volume 11, Number 1 (Spring 2010)
Their Memories Tell the Story of Aerospace.
Determined not to lag behind the Soviet Union, the United States embarked on an intensive drive to close a perceived missile gap and establish its dominance in space. To achieve these critical goals, a trustworthy and independent advisor was clearly needed.
Much of the history of Aerospace can be gleaned from the stories of the laboratories, which have been abuzz with activity in support of national security space since the founding of the corporation in 1960.
The launch industry has come a long way from the risk-filled early forays into space to the well-orchestrated launches of today—and Aerospace has been there, every step of the way.
Military satellite communications have become essential to help the warfighter see through the “fog of war,” providing the United States military with assured global connectivity, even in remote areas with no communications infrastructure. The Aerospace Corporation has played a key role in developing and fielding these vital space systems.
For half a century, NASA and The Aerospace Corporation have worked closely to increase the scientific and technical knowledge base of the nation and establish the United States as a leader in space technologies and explorations. demands.
The progression of computers from mainframes to personal computers, and the programming languages and software that evolved with these advances, has greatly enhanced the way Aerospace provides technical support to its customers.
Aerospace expertise has been instrumental in maximizing the utility of the military’s preeminent weather-forecasting system.
Civilian and military GPS applications have become so ubiquitous, they are often considered routine appliances of daily life. These applications might not have been possible if early decisions about GPS had been made differently.
The Vapor Cell Atomic Clock
Advanced Visible and Infrared Focal-Plane Sensors
Lasers For Space Applications
Publications, Papers, and Patents by the Technical Staff
Life at Aerospace: A Look Back
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