National Suborbital Research Center

The National Suborbital Research Center (NSRC) is the product of a cooperative agreement between NASA and the Bay Area Environmental Research Institute. NSRC is part of the Ames Cooperative for Research in Earth Science and Technology (ARC-CREST).

NSRC supports science mission operations and aircraft deployments for Earth science research campaigns conducted by the NASA Airborne Science Program. NSRC provides payload integration engineering, data display and networking, and facility instrumentation for NASA's fleet of research aircraft, including the DC-8, P-3B and C-130 airborne laboratories, the ER-2 high altitude platform, and the Global Hawk Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle, among others.

NSRC is also responsible for education and outreach activities for the Airborne Science Program, including organization and operation of the Student Airborne Research Program (SARP), a college-level summer internship that provides hands-on research experience in airborne science using NASA's flying laboratories.