Universities Space Research Association
(USRA) is an independent, nonprofit research corporation where the combined efforts of in-house talent and university-based
expertise merge to advance space science and technology. USRA works across disciplines including biomedicine,
planetary science, astrophysics, and engineering
and integrates those competencies into applications ranging from fundamental research to facility management
and operations. USRA engages the creativity and authoritative expertise of the research community to develop and deliver sophisticated,
forward-looking solutions to Federal agencies and other customers - on schedule and within budget.
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The SOFIA Science Mission Operations is the primary interface between SOFIA and the scientific community, responsible for operating SOFIA as a scientifically productive observatory.