AERONAUTICS RESEARCH DIRECTORATE RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES
Directorate Brief Description:
The Aeronautics Research Directorate (ARD) is the focal point for aeronautics research at the NASA
Langley Research Center. The primary role of ARD is to enable the successful execution of the
aeronautics research conducted by the LaRC by integrating requirements, representing aeronautics
research and interests, advocating and negotiating for support, and resolving issues across the
In the new restructured, NASA aeronautics programs and projects, a role within ARD is the formal
Center Point of Contact (POC) between the NASA Headquarters' Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate
(ARMD) and the Center. In this role, the POC is the formal representative of the Center to ARMD and
is responsible for negotiating and committing research capabilities, including workforce and
facilities, in response to requirements from the Headquarters managed programs and projects. An
additional but separate and independent role within ARD is to provide supervisory, staffing, and
administrative support to the ARMD project teams that reside at the Center. Currently, eight of the
ten Aeronautics projects' Principal Investigators reside at the LaRC.
ARD is also responsible for non-NASA funded aeronautics research. ARD is responsible for establishing
the formal agreements necessary to perform the research, for coordinating programmatic oversight, and
for long-range planning including forecasting of future research.
To ensure the ultimate success of aeronautics activities at the Center, ARD is closely teamed with the
research performing organizations: Research and Technology, System Engineering, System Analysis and
Concepts, Center Operations, and Flight Research Services Directorates. A key role of ARD in
partnership with these and other organizations at the Center is to prepare the Center for future
aeronautical research requirements while ensuring technical excellence and customer satisfaction.