Ames Research Center (ARC)

One of 10 NASA field centers, Ames Research Center (ARC) is located in California’s Silicon Valley surrounded by high-tech companies, universities, and laboratories. Ames plays a critical role in virtually all NASA missions in support of America’s space and aeronautics programs. Ames maintains core expertise in Entry Systems, Advanced Computing & IT Systems, including supercomputers, Aerosciences, Air Traffic Management, Astrobiology and Life Science, Cost-effective Space Missions, Intelligent/Adaptive Systems such as autonomy and robotics, and human systems integration, and Space and Earth Science.[1] 

Ames serves as the lead center for the Kepler mission, the Lunar Atmosphere Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE), Small Satellite Missions, Space Biosciences Experiments, and the Earth Science program. Ames is also a partner on the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) mission, the International Space Station (ISS), the Mars Science Laboratory, Curiosity Rover, the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS), and New Horizons.[2]

The Nasa Research Park (NRP), located at Ames Research Center, is a shared-use research and development and education campus for industry, academia, non-profits, and government organizations. NRP houses over 70 industry and university partners, that collaborate with NASA in a variety of areas. The NRP utilizes commercially standard leases with its partners.[3]

The organizational structure of Ames Research Center is described on the Ames Research Center Organizations webpage.

Information on doing business with Ames Research Center can be found here.

Updated November 2020, by Theresa Pipher