Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)

Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA’s first center for spaceflight, is one of the country’s largest organizations of scientists and engineers that build spacecraft, instruments and new technology to study the Earth, the sun, our solar system, and the universe.  Located just north of Washington, DC in Greenbelt, Maryland, Goddard plays a major role in the design, manufacture and operation of unmanned scientific spacecraft. It has launched several satellite telescopes, including COBE, which provided the first evidence of the Big Bang Theory, and several Earth-observing satellites. These satellites include LandSat and GOES, which measure Earth’s weather and climate phenomenon. GSFC works closely with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on these weather satellites.[1]

GSFC also manages Hubble operations and the upcoming James Webb Space Telescope. In addition, GSFC manages communications between mission control and astronauts aboard the International Space Station.[2]

GSFC’s organizational structure is illustrated below.

Source: NASA

GSFC Leadership

Key GSFC leadership includes:

Doing Business With GSFC

Information on doing business with GSFC can be found here. Additionally, the Strategic Partnerships Office (SPO) fosters technology spin-out and spin-in to benefit both NASA and the Nation. NASA sources note that the SPO actively seeks out Goddard research and development that can meet industry and national needs; documents newly developed technologies; patents Goddard-developed inventions; promotes Goddard technologies, facilities, and capabilities to potential partners; and negotiates partnership agreements for technology transfer. One can visit the GFSC SPO, for information about available technologies and important resources for partnerships and licensing.


Updated November 2020 by Theresa Pipher