The NASA Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field, in partnership with U.S. industries, universities, and other Government institutions, develops critical systems technologies and capabilities that address national priorities. Our world-class research, technology, and capability development efforts are keys to advancing space exploration of our solar system and beyond while maintaining global leadership in aeronautics. Our work is focused on technological advancements in aeropropulsion, space propulsion, power systems, nuclear systems, communications, and human-related systems.
Glenn's activities support all NASA missions and the major programs of our Agency. For example, we support space exploration through our role in developing the propulsion and power systems for an interplanetary, nuclear-based mission. We contribute significantly to economic growth and national security through safe, superior, and environmentally compatible U.S. aircraft propulsion systems. Glenn leads NASA's research in the fields of fluids, combustion, and reacting flow systems, including gravity variation. Glenn also leads in the testing and evaluation of materials and structures for atmospheric and space environments by utilizing our first-rate facilities. Almost every space shuttle science mission has had an experiment managed by Glenn, and we have conducted a wide array of experiments on the International Space Station.
The Glenn staff consists of over 3200 civil service employees and support service contractor personnel. Scientists and engineers comprise more than half of our workforce, while technical specialists, skilled workers, and an administrative staff support them. We aggressively strive for technical excellence through continuing education, increased diversity in our workforce, and continuous improvement in our management and business practices so that we can expand the boundaries of aeronautics, space, and aerospace technology.
Glenn Research Center is a unique facility located in northeast Ohio. The main campus is situated on 350 acres of land adjacent to the Cleveland International Airport, with more than 140 buildings that include 24 major facilities and over 500 specialized research and test facilities. In addition, Plum Brook Station, located 50 miles west of Cleveland, offers four large, world-class facilities for space technology and capability development. All Center capabilities, at both Cleveland and Plum Brook, are available for government and industry programs through Interagency or Space Act Agreements.
Knowledge is an important product of our activities. Our annual Research & Technology report helps make this knowledge available to potential users in the technical community. This report is organized so that a broad cross section of people can readily use it. Each article begins with a short introductory paragraph and continues with a summary of the progress made during the year in various scientific and technical areas.
We hope that this information is useful to you. If additional information is desired, you are encouraged to contact the researchers identified at the end of each article and to visit Glenn's Web site at http://www.nasa.gov/centers/glenn.
Julian M. Earls
Glenn Senior Management
Last updated: July 19, 2005
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