Smashing Satellites for Science

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

Dr. Martin Ross: Expanding the Boundaries of Climate Science

Dr. Martin Ross recently published new research that dispels previous conventional wisdom about the influence of solid rocket emissions on Earth’s climate.  More »

Aerospace Explores Nanotube Applications for Space

The Aerospace Corporation is pioneering space applications for an exciting new technology that holds the potential to revolutionize several industries.  More »

The Aerospace Laboratories: 50 Years of Science in Support of National Security Space

The Aerospace Laboratories: 50 Years of Science in Support of National Security Space 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. George Paulikas   The founders of Aerospace—particularly […]  More »

Searching for Life on Other Planets

The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) is a space telescope that has been designed with the specific mission of locating and observing the most promising Earthlike planets in our celestial sky.  More »

Cutting-Edge Sensor Flies into Earth Science

Aerospace took a sensor known as Mako on a series of test flights over California and into Nevada to collect data on industrial sites, agricultural areas, and other spots of interest.  More »

Qubit By Qubit: Advancing the State of Quantum Information Science and Technology

Qubit By Qubit: Advancing the State of Quantum Information Science and Technology Quantum processing may provide the key to many computational problems of importance for national security space—but this same technology may pose a significant security threat if developed by potential adversaries. Samuel Gasster   The first half of the twentieth century gave rise to […]  More »

The Emergence of Machine-Augmented Composites

The Emergence of Machine-Augmented Composites Embedding simple machines in a polymer matrix yields complex materials suitable for applications ranging from launch vehicle fairings to golf clubs. Gary Hawkins and Ching-Yao Tang   In response to a request by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) in 2000, a team of materials scientists from The Aerospace Corporation […]  More »

Ultrashort-Pulse Lasers for Space Applications

Ultrashort-Pulse Lasers for Space Applications Ultrashort-pulse lasers exhibit exotic, fantastic characteristics. Aerospace scientists and engineers are researching diverse applications that can take advantage of the broad spectrum and high power delivered by these devices. William Lotshaw   Ultrashort-pulse lasers (USPLs) are defined by the duration of the pulses they emit, which range from a few […]  More »

Rocket Plume Analysis Ready for Takeoff

Aerospace scientists are among the very few — and in some areas, the only — researchers studying and dissecting the fiery plumes that shoot from the base of launched rockets.  More »

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