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May 24, 2015 11:59 AM 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: 67
Chief Financial Officer
Chief Education Officer
Chief Scientist
Deputy Chief of Staff
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2014.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration Key Developments

NASA Announces the Selection of Eugene L. Tu as New Director of Ames Research Center

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden announced the selection of Dr. Eugene L. Tu as the next director of the agency's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California, effective immediately. Tu most recently served as the director of Exploration Technology at Ames, where he led four technology research and development divisions, including two of NASA's critical infrastructure assets: the consolidated arc jet testing complex and the agency's primary supercomputing facility.

General Dynamics Integrates NASA's SGSS Command and Control Infrastructure

General Dynamics has completed the implementation, integration and test of the NASA Space Network Ground Segment Sustainment (SGSS) program Increment A3, the bearer network and basic ground terminal hardware and software. This increment includes the capability for receiving and transmitting mission data across the Space Network and includes telemetry and control for the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System (TDRSS) second-generation satellites. SGSS is NASA's next-generation, completely digital ground system that will keep the NASA Space Network operating efficiently for the next 30 years by replacing legacy analog radios and communications equipment. NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center manages the program. The development, integration and testing for Increment A3 took place at General Dynamics' new SGSS development and test laboratory located in Scottsdale, Ariz. Built to the specifications of a NASA Space Network ground station, every piece of software and hardware used for SGSS will be rigorously tested in the SGSS lab in conditions that simulate day-to-day operations that take place in a live ground system station. The lab can also connect remotely to existing NASA Space Network ground stations.

Evident Technologies Uses NASA-Developed Technology to Launch New Line of Commercial Products

Evident Technologies announced that it will use NASA-developed technology to launch a new line of commercial products. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, has licensed patents on high-temperature thermoelectric materials to the Troy. Thermoelectric materials convert heat into electricity. They can be used to increase efficiency and deliver low-cost solutions for harvesting waste heat. Space missions that leave Earth's orbit often use thermoelectrics as their electrical power source. NASA's Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 spacecraft use thermoelectric power systems to travel away from the sun, as well as the Mars Curiosity rover. The company plans to launch new products using the technology within the next three months.

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