The Aerospace Corporation Celebrates 50 Years of Leadership in Space

On June 4, 2010, The Aerospace Corporation will officially celebrate its 50th anniversary as America’s expert in national security space.

El Segundo, CA, March 13, 2010 --( On June 4, 2010, The Aerospace Corporation will officially celebrate its 50th anniversary as America’s expert in national security space. During the next several months the corporation will celebrate this milestone with a myriad of commemorative activities.

“The Aerospace Corporation was established as a nonprofit corporation -- independent from conflicts of interest -- to hire, train, and retain sufficient technical and scientific skills to support the Air Force space program and assure mission success,” stated Dr. Wanda Austin, president and chief executive officer. “Over the last 50 years we have proudly operated a Federally Funded Research and Development Center with that sole purpose. Our contributions include a leadership role in development of the Global Positioning System and decades of technical and scientific support to virtually every launch vehicle, satellite, and ground system involved in national security space.”

To mark its golden anniversary, Aerospace produced a commemorative calendar featuring information and photos of key events in Aerospace history, as well as current and past programs. On January 20, Gen. Robert Kehler, Commander of U.S. Space Command, kicked off a distinguished speaker series that will run until June and feature Gen. Bruce Carlson, USAF (Ret.), Director of the National Reconnaissance Office; Gen. Charles Bolden, USAF (Ret.), head of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration; and Air Force Secretary Michael Donley.

Articles are running in various internal publications and the spring edition of Crosslink, the corporation’s magazine, will be dedicated to programs and technology the corporation has worked on over its history. The corporation will also publish a book chronicling the comprehensive history of Aerospace and a “people book” with photos of all current employees as well as photos from each decade since the corporation was established in 1960. Additionally, employee celebrations and open houses are planned in June at company locations around the United States.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to support critical national programs over the last 50 years,” stated Austin, “and we look forward to another 50 years of service.”

The Aerospace Corporation, based in El Segundo, Calif., is an independent, nonprofit company that provides objective technical analyses and assessments for critical national security space programs and selected civil and commercial space programs in the national interest.

The Aerospace Corporation
Pamela Keeton