Glenn Research Center (GRC)

Located in Cleveland, Ohio, NASA’s Glenn Research Center (GRC) works in partnership with U.S. industry, universities, and other government institutions to develop critical technologies and capabilities for aeronautics and spaceflight. Glenn’s core competencies include the following:

Aircraft Propulsion

    • Their work advances propulsion for aircraft while reducing energy consumption, noise, emissions and the cost of air travel; they are committed to investigating the use of alternative energy sources and improving the safety and expediency of flight.

Communications Technology and Development

    • They are developing communication solutions to improve air traffic management, communications and navigation among satellites, aircraft, spacecraft, astronauts, robots and ground operations.

Space Propulsion and Cryogenic Fluids Management

    • Through innovations in propellant management and chemical, electric and nuclear propulsion technology, they are developing capabilities that are a critical part of NASA’s mission to take astronauts to a variety of deep-space destinations.

Power, Energy Storage and Conversion

    • They are ushering in the next generation of technologies for power generation, energy conversion and storage by studying and developing solar power generation, batteries, fuel cells, and power management and distribution.

Materials and Structures for Extreme Environments

    • Versatile and cutting-edge — their materials and structures improve aircraft engines, space propulsion systems and planetary surface operations while contributing to break-through technologies for practical Earth applications.

Physical Sciences and Biomedical Technologies in Space

    • They study the effects of long-duration missions on astronaut health to support sustainable exploration of space. Sources note that advancements in fire safety, life support systems and crew health monitoring extend mission duration and enhance the safety of space travel.

Glenn Research Center’s leadership team, as of November 2020, includes:

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

Additionally, the NASA Glenn Research Center: An Economic Impact Study, Fiscal Year 2019, was released in 2020 and is available online.

Updated November 2020, by Theresa Pipher