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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

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., and NASA Forms Five-Year R&D Partnership

Nissan Motor Co. Ltd., and NASA have formed a five-year R&D partnership to advance autonomous vehicle systems and prepare for commercial application of the technology. Researchers from the two organizations will test a fleet of zero-emission autonomous vehicles at Ames to demonstrate proof-of-concept remote operation of autonomous vehicles for the transport of materials, goods, payloads and people. For NASA, these tests parallel the way it operates planetary rovers from a mission control center.

NASA and ATK Completes Installation of Solid Rocket Motor for Ground Test

NASA and ATK have completed installing the first Space Launch System booster qualification motor, QM-1, in a specialized test stand in Utah. The solid rocket motor ever built for flight, QM-1 is now being prepared for its static-fire test, which is scheduled for March 11. For this test, QM-1 is being conditioned to 90 degrees to test its higher temperature capabilities against the required temperature range. Lying horizontally in the test stand, the motor is 154 feet in length and 12 feet in diameter. When fired, QM-1 will produce 3.6 million pounds of maximum thrust. The five-segment rocket motor in conjunction with four RS-25 engines will propel NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) off the launch pad. The SLS, along with NASA's Orion spacecraft, provides a flexible deep space exploration platform to take humans and cargo to multiple destinations across solar system. The first test flight of SLS, called Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1), is just a few years away. EM-1 will use two of ATK's five-segment solid rocket motors. The SLS five-segment motor is based on the design heritage of the flight-proven solid rocket boosters used on the Space Shuttle Program, and was upgraded using new technologies and updated materials.

Nissan Motor Co and NASA Enter into Partnership to Jointly Develop and Deploy Autonomous Drive Vehicles

Nissan Motor Co through its North American-based organization and NASA announced the formation of a five-year research and development partnership to advance autonomous vehicle systems and prepare for commercial application of the technology. Researchers from Nissan's US Silicon Valley Research Center and NASA's Ames Research Center at Moffett Field Calif will focus on autonomous drive systems human-machine interface solutions network-enabled applications and software analysis and verification all involving sophisticated hardware and software used in road and space applications. Researchers from the two organizations will test a fleet of zero-emission autonomous vehicles at Ames to demonstrate proof-of-concept remote operation of autonomous vehicles for the transport of materials goods payloads and people. For NASA these tests parallel the way it operates planetary rovers from a mission control centre. The first vehicle of that fleet should be testing at the facility by the end of 2015. The work of NASA and Nissan - with one directed to space and the other directed to earth is connected by similar challenges. The partnership will accelerate Nissan's development of safe secure and reliable autonomous drive technology that the company will progressively introduce to consumers beginning in 2016 up to 2020. Nissan has set 2020 as the timeframe for the introduction of autonomous drive vehicles that have the ability to navigate in nearly all situations including the most complex situation city driving. According to the terms of the partnership NASA will benefit from Nissan's shared expertise in innovative component technologies for autonomous vehicles shared research to inform development of vehicular transport applications and access to appropriate prototype systems and provision of test beds for robotic software.

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