Producing Innovative Solutions through Research

The Aerospace Corporation functions as the nation’s independent testing, assessment, and research center for national security space systems, specializing in advanced military space systems. Along with supporting the effective and timely development and operation of national security systems through rigorous scientific research and application of advanced technology, our technical teams also focus on developing and integrating new technologies to enhance existing space systems.

Research is focused on fields pertaining to space and space-related systems, including electrical power systems for rockets and spacecraft, microelectronics, optoelectronics and microelectromechanical systems, laser technologies, active optical remote-sensing systems, optical communications, fiber-optic sensor applications, and applications of atomic physics.

Aerospace researchers pioneered the development of nanosatellites and picosatellites—ultrasmall, quickly fabricated, and inexpensive—enabling a huge increase in the evolution of spacecraft technology.

Aerospace comprises more than 80 specialized laboratories used to test, analyze, and troubleshoot virtually every aspect of rocket and satellite system design, development, construction, deployment, and operation. The success of Aerospace research comes from the diverse and wide-ranging expertise of the laboratories’ technical staff and their ability to stay abreast of new technological advancements and program support issues associated with rapidly evolving space systems.