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Rupak Biswas

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Ames Exploration Technology Overview

Mission: To be world-class creators and facilitators of innovative, intelligent, high-performance, and reliable exploration technologies that will enable current and future NASA missions.

Facilities and Capabilities

Pleiades Supercomputer


NASA Advanced Supercomputing provides world-class high-end computing resources and services to meet the high-fidelity modeling and simulation needs of users from across the country.

k10 rover field testing at Haughton Hill

Autonomy and Robotics

Future space exploration missions require complex vehicles, habitats, robotic assistants and self-sufficient spacecraft systems which adapt to complex, rapidly changing environments and also require automated planning and scheduling to increase the safety of these missions and reduce their cost.


Human Factors

Human factors is the scientific discipline concerned with the understanding of interactions among humans and other elements of a system. Human factors expertise is critical to NASA to assure safe and efficient missions and operations.

M-2 Lifting Body being tested in Ames atmospheric entry simulator to determine the areas of most intense heat.

Entry Systems

Entry Systems are the complete package of heat shields, parachutes, software, and other articles needed for a vehicle to successfully transition from space to operations in the atmosphere of a planet or land on other planets.

Arc Jet test of thermal protection system sample

Arc Jet Complex

Providing ground-based hyperthermal environments in support of the nation’s research & development activities in thermal protection materials, vehicle structures, aerothermodynamics, and hypersonics.

Hyperwall demonstration

NASA Advanced Supercomputer

Provides high-end supercomputing resources and services to NASA funded scientists and other critical national needs across exploration, aeronautics, and science.

View of the Hyper Velocity Free Flight Range

Range Complex

Providing critical testing support to the Nation’s Research and Development activities in hypervelocity aerodynamics, impact physics, flow-field structure and chemistry.

This is a picture of a Human Computer Simulation Lab.

Human Systems Integration Capability

Human-Computer-Interaction Capability focuses on human-centered design and operations of complex aerospace systems.

This is a picture of aircraft showing lightweight, flexible wing design. One of a number of future trends that offer great potential for drag reduction, and ultimately reduced fuel consumption.

Aeronautics Support

To create the new face of 21st century aviation, and streamline and enhance global civil aviation, innovative intelligent systems research is producing revolutionary new aerospace technologies that will help shape the future of the industry.


Page Last Updated: February 4th, 2016
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