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General Inquiry: Associate Director, Engineering Directorate
Phone: 281.483.8991

Mailing Address:
National Aeronautics & Space Administration
Johnson Space Center
Mail Code: EA
2101 NASA Parkway
Houston, Texas 77058

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Flight Design

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    Johnson Space Center Engineering offers unique capabilities in developing ascent, on-orbit, entry and landing recovery systems. We also provide computer graphics for engineering visualization as well as state-of-the-art facilities for testing mechanical interfaces, emulating the motion of mechanical systems, simulating reduced-gravity environments, and the simulating and testing of the aerothermal heating experienced by spacecraft as they enter planetary atmospheres. Aerodynamics, aerothermodynamics, fluid dynamics, guidance, navigation, and control, flight performance, and autonomous guidance, navigation, and control systems are only a few of the Johnson Space Center’s engineering strengths. We also provide engineering design, development, testing, and evaluation for all phases of spaceflight (ascent, entry, orbit, and interplanetary) and for all spacecraft with a specific focus on human spacecraft.


    • Ascent and Abort Performance
    • On-Orbit Flight
    • Proximity Operations
    • Automated Rendezvous and Docking
    • Entry Performance
    • Landing Recovery Systems

Flight Design Test Facilities

  • Advanced GN&C Development Lab

    Advanced Guidance, Navigation and Control Development Laboratory

    Serves as a center of excellence for the development and evaluation of advanced guidance, navigation and control (GN&C) systems.

  • Aerolab

    Aeroscience and Computational Fluid Dynamics Laboratory

    Provides computational resources to assist in studies of fluid dynamics, aerodynamics and aerothermodynamics.

  • Concept Exploration Laboratory

    Concept Exploration Laboratory

    A laboratory that generates low-cost, very short turn-around (i.e, as quickly as a few days) risk-reduction products via a set of unique but rather ubiquitous computer-based test environments for operational, developmental, and future programs facing difficult procurement decisions in a rapidly changing environment.

  • Flight Mechanics Laboratory

    Flight Mechanics Laboratory

    Provides facilities, hardware, software, techniques, and personnel to perform complete end-to-end performance analyses of exploration missions, future spacecraft, and on-going programs.

  • Kedalion Laboratory

    Kedalion Laboratory

    Provides an analysis environment for the NASA Orion Flight Software (FSW) team to conduct insight/oversight testing and analysis of Lockheed Martin’s Orion FSW deliverables and avionics designs.

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