NASA Academic Mission Services (NAMS)

The USRA-led team focuses on tasks to assist NASA's Ames Research Center with understanding navigation of unpiloted aircraft systems, air traffic management, autonomous systems, airborne sciences, aeroacoustics, synthetic biology, quantum computing and small spacecraft development. The latter includes development of airborne remote sensing technologies to monitor carbon cycling, habitats, vegetation structure and growth.
USRA's NAMS office is located in Mountain View, California. USRA has locations aross the United States with its headquarters in Columbia, Maryland. 
USRA's NAMS office
615 National Avenue, Suite 220
Mountain View, CA 94043


NAMS Newsletter May 2019

The latest news from the NASA Academic Mission Services Program. 

USRA Celebrates 50th Anniversary

USRA institutes and programs will celebrate USRA’s 50th anniversary on March 12, 2019. USRA was founded on March 12, 1969 in Washington, D.C. as a private, nonprofit corporation under the auspices of the National Academy of Sciences. 

News from NAMS

Participants in USRA's NAMS Student R&D Program are highlighted in the first issue of "News from NAMS", USRA's newsletter for the NASA Academic Mission Services (NAMS) program. 

Tags: Student R&D Program, NAMS Newsletter
November 1, 2018
USRA-NAMS Staff Receive Ames Contractor Council Award

University Space Research Association NAMS staff received excellence awards at the 2018 Ames Contractor Council Excellence Award Ceremony. The award recipients were acknowledged at the ceremony by Ames Center Director Dr. Eugene Tu and were nominated by Dr. David Bell, Director of RIACS and NAMS Chief Technologist. 

September 28, 2018
Dr. David Bell: A Keynote Speaker at the Quantum Summit

Dr. David Bell, Director, USRA Research Institute for Advanced Computer Science and Chief Technologist, NASA Academic Mission Services was a keynote speaker at the Quantum Summit held in San Francisco on September 19, 2018.


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Research Areas


Featured image: Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration in the National Airspace System (NAS).


Featured image:  A U.S. Army research helicopter flying above NASA's Ames Research Center. 

Science, Programs and Projects
Science, Programs and Projects

Featured image: Global Hawk unmanned aircraft for high-altitude, long-duration Earth science missions.

Exploration, Engineering and Information
Exploration, Engineering and Information

Featured image: Analysis of drought persistence of Amazon rainforests using different data sets.