Langley Research Center (LRC)

Langley Research Center (LRC) was established in Hampton, Virginia in 1917 as the nation’s first civilian aeronautics research facility, and was the initial home of the first astronauts, the Mercury 7. Langley’s research areas, in addition to aeronautics, now include atmospheric sciences, and exploration. Technical challenges that Langley researchers are working on are global climate change, access to air and space, airplane advances, and civil air transportation system.[1]

Climate and atmospheric scientists at Langley study the atmosphere to understand the conditions that aircraft and spacecraft fly through, and to improve our understanding of climate and its impact. Langley aeronautic engineers work to make planes safer, quieter and more efficient. Additionally, Langley engineers analyze materials and structures intended for space flight, as well as design future supersonic and hypersonic aircraft.[2]

Langley also hosts many visitors each year at the Virginia Air & Space Center.  The Air & Space Center holds more than 30 historic aircraft and exhibits on the history of human flight, space flight artifacts, and aerospace simulators. The museum and IMAX theater are open year round.[3]

Langley Research Center’s leadership team is shown in the following image.

Image source: NASA

Annual Report: The 2019 Annual Report from Langley is available online.

Doing Business With Langley: Information on doing business with Langley can be found here.


Updated November 2020, Theresa Pipher