Aeronautics Systems Engineering Branch (AESB)

AESB provides a lead role in experimental hardware, advanced sensors and measurement systems, and unmanned aerial systems using a systems engineering approach to simulate aerospace concepts in support of the Agency’s Aeronautics, Exploration, Space Technology, and Science missions. The branch defines operational and system level requirements; and develops, integrates, and evaluates flight systems, vehicles, and payloads as a part of the development of experimental systems.

  • Models Engineering
  • Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Engineering
  • Measurement Science
Models Engineering
  • Mechanical Design and Analysis
  • Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)
  • Measurement Science (Flight Instrumentation)
  • Systems Engineering
  • Mechanical Design and Analysis – Rapid Prototyping 3-D Printer Lab
  • Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Engineering – Mechanical and Electrical/Electronic Development and Integration Labs
  • Measurement Science – Research, Development, Calibration and Qualification (acoustic, pressure, temperature…) Labs
T-2 Research Vehicle Touchdown (Airborne Subscale Transport Aircraft Research (AirSTAR) Project)
T-2 Research Vehicle (Airborne Subscale Transport Aircraft Research (AirSTAR) Project)
Greased Lightning 10-Engine (GL-10) Aircraft during takeoff at Beaver Dam test site in Elberon, VA

Branch Management

William C. Johnson, Branch Head ​

Louis J. Glaab, Assistant Branch Head​