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Science Projects

Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California, operates ER-2, DC-8, and C-20A science aircraft in support of NASA’s Earth Science mission to bring together technology, science, and unique global Earth observations to provide societal benefits and strengthen our nation.

View/Download the Airborne Science Operations Fact Sheet about Science Projects

Branch Chief

Michael Thomson

C-20A Project Manager

Franzeska Becker

DC-8 Project Manager

Brian Hobbs and Kirsten Boogaard

ER-2 Project Manager

John McGrath

Earth Science Aircraft

Armstrong's fleet of highly specialized science aircraft support new space-based sensor development and satellite calibration and validation. The center's role is also to develop the next generation of Earth scientists and engineers.

Envelope-Expansion Flight Test of UAVSAR on Gulfstream C-20A

Gulfstream C-20A UAVSAR Science Aircraft

Gathering scientific data for geological studies

DC-8 Science Aircraft

Satellite instrument development and global Earth science studies

ER-2 Science Aircraft

Acquiring data above 95% of the Earth's atmosphere


Branch Chief for NASA Armstrong's Science Projects

Michael P. Thomson

Michael P. Thomson is branch chief for Science Projects at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California. Appointed to the position in September 2011, Thomson manages operations and missions on a suite of unique and highly modified aircraft (ER-2, Gulfstream C-20A, and B200 King Air) in support of the agency’s Earth Science mission.

Full Biography about Branch Chief for NASA Armstrong's Science Projects
Portrait of Michael P. Thomson
Michael P. Thomson
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