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August 04, 2015 1:12 PM ET

Aerospace and Defense

Company Overview of National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Company Overview

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is a U.S. government agency that researches, develops, conducts, and tests civilian and military aerospace systems, satellites, and space probes for space exploration, research, technology, and peaceful purposes. NASA’s projects and missions include moon landings, the orbiting Skylab space station, the Voyager 2 mission, Chandra X-ray Observatory, and the manned space shuttle Columbia of 1981. National Aeronautics and Space Administration was established in 1958 and is headquartered in Washington, District Of Columbia. It has additional centers and field facilities in Moffett Field, Pasadena, and Edwards, California; Cleveland, Ohio; Green...

300 East Street S.W.

Washington, DC 20546-0001

United States

Founded in 1958

Phone:

202-358-0000

Fax:

202-358-3251

Key Executives for National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Administrator
Age: 68
Chief Financial Officer
Chief Education Officer
Chief Scientist
Deputy Chief of Staff
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2015.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration Key Developments

Nasa Appoints Chris Cassidy as Head of Astronaut Office

Ham-Astronaut Chris Cassidy, KF5KDR, has been appointed chief of NASA's Astronaut Office. Cassidy, who conducted several Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contacts as part of the Expedition 35/36 crew onboard the ISS in 2013, is a US Navy Captain and a former Navy SEAL. In his new role, Cassidy will manage the operations and safety programs of NASA's Astronaut Office. He'll also help to develop astronaut flight crew operational concepts as well as crew assignments for future space missions.

Astrobotic Technology and NASA Partnership Develop Software and Trajectory for Griffin Lander

Astrobotic Technology, in partnership with NASA under the Lunar CATALYST initiative, has developed a preliminary version of its flight software for precision guidance. This software will direct the Griffin lander to safe touchdown on the Moon at a pit in the Lacus Mortis region on Astrobotic's first mission. Astrobotic developed the software using NASA'sCore Flight Software (CFS), then validated Griffin's mission performance and fuel usage using NASA-proven modeling and simulation tools. The team used the simulation to evaluate Griffin's performance in multiple mission phases: from translunar injection (TLI) to lunar orbit capture, targeted powered descent, and precision landing on the surface of the Moon. Testing in simulation validated Griffin's ability to autonomously guide itself to a precise touchdown near the Lacus Mortis pit. In this effort under CATALYST, Astrobotic integrated its guidance software with NASA's CFS flight software architecture, a platform-independent suite that seamlessly accommodates common applications and mission-specific software. Astrobotic then executed simulations that coupled its flight software with NASA'sTRICK simulation environment for developing, integrating, and operating simulations; JEOD for modeling the forces acting on Griffin in space; and EDGE for advanced 3D simulations. The simulations run a flight version of the guidance software and incorporate estimates of propulsion performance and vehicle mass. Planned future versions of the simulation will incorporate data from upcoming free flight tests, hot fire tests of Griffin's engines, and updated masses of flight hardware and payloads. NASA engineers provided integral support for this effort, both remotely and on site at Astrobotic's headquarters in Pittsburgh. They trained the Astrobotic team on the simulation tools, provided technical support to integrate Griffin's landing software into the simulation environment, and worked with the Astrobotic team to run thousands of simulation tests evaluating the variability in the lunar trajectory, with the goal of developing robust and reliable flight software.

NASA Announces Board Changes

NASA has announced that Dr. David E. Bowles has been named director of NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, succeeding Stephen G. Jurczyk who served in that capacity from April 2014. Bowles has been serving as the acting center director since March 2015 when Jurczyk was temporarily assigned to NASA Headquarters as the acting Associate Administrator for the Space Technology Mission Directorate. Jurczyk has since been named associate administrator. Bowles began his NASA career at Langley in 1980 as a research engineer in Langley's Materials Division. In 2004, he was named deputy director and later acting director of the Exploration Systems and Space Operations Technology Directorate. In 2007 Bowles officially became the director of the Exploration and Space Operations Directorate. He served in that role until 2012 when he became associate director, third in command at NASA Langley. Bowles moved to deputy director last year when Jurczyk became director. Joining Bowles in the Langley front office will be Clayton Turner as deputy director and Cathy Mangum as associate director. Both have been acting in those positions. Clayton Turner started his NASA career at Langley in 1990 where he was a Lidar In-Space Technology Experiment (LITE) engineer. Since then Turner has served in various roles with progressively increasing responsibility including assistant branch head, branch head, directorate chief engineer, director of the Engineering Directorate, and center chief engineer. Prior to joining NASA Turner was the Chief Engineer for Dynamic Recording Studio in Rochester, New York.

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