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Ames Spaceflight Division

The Spaceflight Division (Code RS) provides leadership in cost effective spaceflight missions (CESM) for NASA from concept design through mission development, hardware design, development, test, execution, and operations.
Our Purpose
We deliver quality spaceflight products that meet or exceed customers’ expectations and specifications. 
Our Strategy
We achieve mission success by being innovative and dedicated, and by balancing project technical risks, costs, and schedules.

Contact Us about Ames Spaceflight Division

Focus Areas and Capabilities

Located at Ames Research Center, in the heart of Silicon Valley, the Spaceflight Division comprises four concentrated areas of cost effective spaceflight missions.

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Spaceflight Projects Office (SPO)

The Spaceflight Projects Office provides project management for cost effective spaceflight projects. This office can partner with any university, company, and government agency.


Mission Design Center (MDC)

The NASA Ames Mission Design Center (MDC) is a multi-disciplinary, concurrent engineering Technical Area within the Spaceflight Division that specializes in conceptual mission design.


Flight Dynamics (FD)

The Flight Dynamics (FD) team provides full orbital mechanics support in all mission phases. The team collaborates with the mission design, systems engineering and project management groups at NASA Ames.


Systems Engineering Integration and Testing (SEIT)

Systems Engineering involves the top-down development of a system’s functional and physical requirements from a basic set of mission objectives. We provide systems engineering leadership and support to a variety of programs and projects.

Spaceflight Division Points of Contact

For general inquiries:
Sally Cahill, Ph.D, MBA, Division
David Mauro, Deputy Division
All others:
You can also write to:Public Affairs Office
NASA Ames Research Center
Mail Stop 204-14
Moffett Field, CA 94035-0001

Please allow 10-15 business days for processing. For email inquiries, be sure to include a subject and do not include any attachments.
News Media Requests:To request news media interviews with Ames researchers, please contact the Ames Public Affairs Office at 650-604-4789, or click here for media contacts and other resources.

For documentary, book, entertainment and commercial requests, please send a treatment and information about your project’s distributor to NASA does not support speculative projects.