Welcome to the Engineering Directorate

The Engineering Directorate (ED) provides systems concepts, advanced technology and systems development to support the research and technology development objectives of the Aeronautics Research, Human Exploration and Operations, Science Mission, and Space Technology and Explorations Directorates.

Mission Statement

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The Engineering Directorate’s mission is to provide systems concepts, advanced technology, and flight and operational system development to support the research, technology, and development objectives of the Center.

Our vision is to be a leading NASA engineering organization for developing and delivering advanced technology, prototypes, and flight systems that make the Agency missions and projects possible.

Our goal is to give a competitive advantage to our customers.  Accordingly, the Engineering Directorate provides for the design, development, demonstration, and validation of advanced technology ground and flight concepts by applying systems engineering ‘best’ practices and using state-of-the-art engineering discipline tools and test/verification methods.  We develop and deliver systems engineering techniques and specific products that enable NASA Langley Research Center to successfully meet program and project milestones and objectives within budget and on schedule. Langley Research Center’s Engineering Directorate fully supports the systems engineering approach.

Systems engineering is a methodical, disciplined approach for the design, realization, technical management, operations, and retirement of a system. It is a way of looking at the “big picture” when making technical decisions. It is a way of achieving stakeholder functional, physical, and operational performance requirements in the intended use environment over the planned life of the systems.

Systems engineering is the art and science of developing an operable system capable of meeting requirements within often-opposed constraints.


Technical Capabilities

Flight Systems

Provide integrated aerodynamic, aerothermodynamic, flight dynamics, mechanical, structural, thermal, optical, electronics, and flight software systems design, development, and validation to enable the Center research mission in atmospheric sciences and the development, test, evaluation, and integration expertise to support the deployment of instruments, payloads, technology demonstrators, and flight vehicle systems.

Lidar/ Laser Technology

Conduct lidar and solid-state laser technology development and provide analysis, advanced concepts, laser materials, components, system development, risk reduction, technology maturation, engineering model demonstrations, testing, integration, and flight qualification to support the development of active remote instruments to support atmospheric characterization, landing systems, and in-space rendezvous and proximity operations.

Sensor / Sensing Technology

Conduct electro-optic radiation detection and sensor system technology development, including providing analysis, advanced concepts, component, system development, risk reduction, technology maturation, engineering model demonstrations, and flight instrument development.

Fabrication and Manufacturing Technology

Provide an integrated suite of conventional and advanced fabrication and manufacturing processes for hardware development enabling research, technology, and flight systems.

Entry, Descent and Landing Technology

Conduct analyses, testing, concept development, and demonstrations to develop advanced EDL technologies enabling future human and robotic exploration and science missions, including aerobraking, aerocapture, advanced hypersonic and supersonic entry systems, terminal descent, and landing systems.

Engineering Environment Technology

Conduct integrated multi-disciplinary design and analysis to provide advanced concepts, and component and prototype system demonstration concepts for research, technology, and flight systems.
  • Radiation Dosimetry Experiment (RaD-X) Recovery
  • Robot Application Programming Application Delegate (RaPID) Student Team at Hesh 36.310 launch
  • Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment (SAGE III)
  • Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment (SAGE III)


The Engineering Directorate (ED) acts as the primary service provider for engineering services providing the technical workforce required to accomplish technology projects in support of the Agency’s Mission Directorates.

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