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 across the United States with its headquarters in Columbia, Maryland. 
USRA's NAMS office
615 National Avenue, Suite 220
Mountain View, CA 94043


Commercial airliners monitoring Carbon dioxide emissions from cities worldwide
Upcoming Event: Aviation Data Science Short Course

This course teaches you fundamentals of reproducible data science and analytics, probabilistic reasoning & statistical inference, and machine learning to leverage data generated within the large scope of aviation and aeronautics.

Upcoming Event: Aviation Data Science Seminar and Video

As the number of air vehicles grows exponentially with unmanned aerial systems and the amount of data grows exponentially in civil aviation, the future holds more promise for a greater impact from advanced tools and techniques in data science and AI. This Spring, learn from experts in government, industry, and academia in a 12-seminar series, sponsored by USRA and UC Berkeley with NASA Ames Research Center. 

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. 

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. 

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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.