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Lines of Business

Astrophysics focuses on missions and technologies aimed at answering: How do galaxies, stars, and planetary systems form and evolve? What is the diversity of worlds beyond our own solar system? Which planets might harbor life? What happens to space, time, and matter at the edge of a black hole?
Contact: Stan Hunter

Communications and Navigation
This target business area includes systems and technologies needed for responsive communications and navigation. Investments primarily are intended to support NASA’s Exploration, Space Operations and Science missions in near-Earth and deep space environments.
Contact: Vacant

Cross Cutting Technology and Capabilities
This business area addresses capabilities applicable to more than one strategic line of business, everything from nano-materials, electronics and detectors, to system architectures.
Contact: Mike Johnson

Earth Science
Developing technologies needed to observe and understand changes in Earth’s climate system is the focus of this GSFC line of business. Technologies include state-of-art remote sensor and aircraft-based and surface-based observational platforms
Contact: Matt McGill

Solar structure and magnetic activity, solar wind, solar disturbances, and the effects on Earth’s upper atmosphere are some of the research areas that fall under the Heliophysics line of business. Wavelength coverage spans gamma rays to microwaves and includes particles and fields.
Contact: Nick Paschalidis

Human Exploration and Operations
Supporting infusion of science and enabling capabilities and technologies necessary for human exploration are the focus of this line of business.
Contact: Paul De Minco

Planetary & Lunar Science
This line of business supports new scientific measurements to explore the solar system. Primary research areas include instruments for landers and orbiting spacecraft.
Contact: Brook Lakew

Suborbital Platforms and Range Services
Suborbital Platforms and Range Services focus on technologies that allow carriers to fly at new locations, altitude regimes, and for extended durations. The line of business also focuses on reducing the weight of instruments flying on NASA’s Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) platforms.
Contact: Bruce Underwood

Lines of Business

The Center has identified lines of business that it believes are strategically important to the Goddard Space Flight Center and NASA.