Aeronautics Research

The FY2023 Budget requests $971.5 million for Aeronautics. The requested money will be split between five programs: Airspace Operations and Safety Program ($156.2 million), Advanced Air Vehicles Program ($253.2 million), Integrated Aviation Systems Program ($288.9 million), Transformative Aeronautics Concepts Program ($155.9 million), and Aerosciences Evaluation and Test Capabilities Program ($117.3 million).[1]

NASA is using Advanced Air Mobility (AAM), Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), and use of electric Vertical and Short Takeoff and Landing Vehicles to change how people and goods move through the air transportation system. Transformative improvements in commercial aviation efficiency are enabled by the FY 2023 NASA budget, with a focus on the single aisle fleet (Boeing 737-size). The budget also funds the Sustainable Flight National Partnership (SFNP) which will demonstrate the first high-power hybrid electric propulsion system for large transport aircraft. This aircraft will be a large-scale sustainable flight demonstrator that will validate integrated systems and their benefits. The FY 2023 budget will also fund NASA’s Low-Boom Flight Demonstration (LBFD) mission that will aid in the development of a new commercial supersonic market, as well as a long-term future airspace vision called Sky For All that will change the efficiency and safety of the global aviation system via airspace tools and system design.[2]

Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate Organizational Chart:

Updated November 2022, by Jackie Johnson