USRA NAMS Mission and Vision

NASA’s Ames Research Center is one of only four NASA centers with a primary focus on Research and Development (R&D). This includes fundamental scientific research, concept development, prototype testing and operations, and the creation of new technologies. The research supports both the center’s mission and NASA’s overall mission and goals in Aeronautics, Science, Space Technology and Human Exploration and Operations. Ames directorates manage various R&D science missions for NASA and collaborate with other NASA centers, academia, other Federal organizations, not-for-profit organizations and industry partners. Many of Ames’ programs and projects span multiple technological and scientific disciplines. The success of NASA and Ames missions demand leading edge technical and research expertise from both student and faculty researchers.

The NASA Academic Mission Services (NAMS) contract, led by USRA, provides Ames with capabilities to fulfill mission requirements from fundamental research and development through field-test deployments and operational science missions. USRA’s implementation of NAMS will provide university-based program and project support for science and engineering teams at the Center.  USRA’s team offers effective methods for attracting and retaining leading-edge researchers and facilitates interactive participation and engagement of researchers and students with Ames employees.

The scope of NAMS R&D services include:

  • Aerospace and Air Traffic Management
    • Aero Acoustics Engineering and Software
    • Air Traffic Management Automation
    • Unmanned Aircraft Systems
  • Information Technology
    • Advanced Networking
    • Cloud Computing
    • Information and Data Systems
    • Cyber Security
    • Software Engineering
    • Synthesis
  • Programs and Projects
    • Space Flight
    • Program/Project Analysis
    • R&D trade studies
  • Science
    • Space Bioscience
    • Space Sciences and Astrobiology
    • Earth Science including NASA’s Earth Venture Program
  • Advanced Technological Systems
    • Human Systems Integration
    • Intelligent Systems
    • Supercomputing
    • Entry Systems & Technology
  • Aeroflight Dynamics
    • Rotorcraft Aeromechanics
    • Human Systems Integration
    • Experimental Aerodynamics
    • Flight Control and Cockpit Integration