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About the Ames Engineering Directorate

The Ames Engineering Directorate (Code R) is the principal engineering organization for aerospace systems and spaceflight projects at NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.

Ames Engineering work includes the following:

  • innovative engineering
  • designing, developing, manufacturing, assembling, and operating complex mechanisms
  • avionics
  • materials research
  • instruments
  • systems in support of NASA missions and other government projects
This procurement is for research, engineering, development and technology infusion support services to assist that effort.

The directorate performs engineering systems support for spaceflight, airborne and ground-based systems at Ames supporting the agency’s work in the Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD), the Science Mission Directorate (SMD), the Office of Chief Technologist (OCT) and the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD).

Programs supported by the directorate include the Small Spacecraft Technology Program in OCT; airborne, space and earth science instruments, Discovery-, Explorer-, and Venture-class projects, and mission operations for SMD; evolving advanced space technology projects and advanced systems development in OCT; Advanced Exploration Systems, Human/Robotic systems, Bioengineering and other capability-driven programs being developed in HEOMD; the center’s innovative small sat research projects, in addition to a variety of NASA work agreements such as those with NASA's Johnson, Kennedy, and Marshall centers to provide specialized engineering systems and technical support.

Laboratories, clean rooms, shops and engineering facilities are operated by the directorate in support of the projects being done at the center. Ames Engineering maintains strong relationships with other U.S. government agencies, industrial organizations and academic partners for the purposes of joint engineering research, development and technology collaborations.