Glenn Research Center (GRC)

Located in Cleveland, Ohio, NASA’s Glenn Research Center (GRC) works to advance NASA’s missions in aeronautics in space exploration with their advanced technology. Their workforce is shaped of more than 3,000 personnel focused on researching and testing technology in aeronautics, propulsion, communications, materials and structures, biomedical sciences, and power and energy storage.[1]

Aircraft Propulsion

  • Using alternative energy sources and bettering the safety and expediency of flight is of utmost importance to the GRC. Their efforts reduce the cost of travel, emissions, noise, and energy consumption while simultaneously advancing propulsion for aircraft.[2]

Communications Technology and Development

  • The GRC is crafting communication solutions to improve ground operations, robots, astronauts, spacecraft, aircraft, communications and navigation among satellites, and air traffic management.[3]

Space Propulsion and Cryogenic Fluids Management

  • They are growing capabilities that are an essential aspect of getting astronauts to deep-space destinations per NASA’s mission. This is possible with the GRC’s advancement of propellant management and electric, chemical, and nuclear propulsion technology.[4]

Power, Energy Storage and Conversion

  • The GRC is guiding the next generation of technologies for storage, energy conversion, and power generation in their efforts to develop and study batteries, solar power generation, power management and distribution, and fuel cells.[5]

Materials and Structures for Extreme Environments

  • The GRC advances planetary surface operations, space propulsion systems, and aircraft engines with their materials and structures while adding to practical Earth application technologies.[6]

Physical Sciences and Biomedical Technologies in Space

  • Improvements in life support systems, fire safety, and crew health monitoring increase space travel safety and lengthen mission duration. The GRC supports continuous, viable exploration of space by studying astronaut health and the effects of long-duration missions.[7]

Glenn Research Center’s leadership team, as of October 2022, includes:

Background on doing business with Glenn Research Center is available here.

Additionally, the NASA John H. Glenn Research Center: An Economic Impact Study, Fiscal Year 2021, was released in 2022 and is available online.

Source: NASA

Updated by Jackie Johnson, October 2022