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PURPOSE & MISSION

USRA's mission is to advance the space- and aeronautics-related sciences exploration through innovative research, technology, and education programs; promote space and aeronautics policy; and develop and operate premier facilities and programs by involving universities, governments, and the private sector for the benefit of humanity.

PURPOSE

  • To constitute an entity by means of which universities and other research organizations may cooperate with one another, with the governments of the United States and other nations, and with other organizations toward the development and application of space-related science, technology and engineering.
  • To develop and manage programs and facilities, and provide other services as required under contract, or otherwise, with the governments of the United States and other nations, and other organizations for space-related education, research, development, and operations.

MISSION

  • Advance the space- and aeronautics-related sciences and exploration through innovative research, technology, and education programs;
  • Promote space and aeronautics policy; and
  • Develop and operate premier facilities and programs by involving universities, governments, and the private sector for the benefit of humanity.

OUR VALUES

  • Passion—for science, technology, and education.
  • Partnerships—with universities, governments, and the private sector.
  • Professionalism—through excellence, accountability, and respect for others.

RESEARCH HIGHLIGHT

Infrared Astronomy to Explore  the Hidden Universe

Studying the universe using only visible light results in a very limited view. Designed to observe the infrared universe, SOFIA will be used to study many different kinds of astronomical objects and phenomena.