NASA has developed a new strategic vision for its aeronautics programs that is the culmination of a multi-year effort. Inputs were gathered from industry and other government agencies, including systems analyses of environmental and market trends, and the identification of societal mega-drivers.
The consensus: NASA can best contribute to the nation’s future societal and economic vitality by focusing aeronautics research in six thrust areas that are responsive to a growing demand for mobility, challenges to the sustainability of energy and the environment, and technology advances in information, communications and automation.
The six areas are:
To most effectively manage the research needed to address these six areas, NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate has restructured itself. Three mission programs – the Airspace Operations and Safety Program, the Advanced Air Vehicles Program, and the Integrated Aviation Systems Program – will address the first goal: to clearly define the most compelling technical challenges facing the aviation industry, and retire these challenges in a time frame that is supported by the stakeholders and required by NASA’s customers.