The Aerospace Corporation

In an era of dynamic change in space, Aerospace is addressing a generation of complex challenges. We operate the only federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) committed exclusively to the space enterprise. Our technical experts span every discipline of space-related science and engineering.
El Segundo, Chantilly, and more
Aviation & Aerospace
1001-5000 employees
Founded 1960

Take Your Place in Space


The nation's trusted partner, solving the hardest problems for the preeminent space enterprise. 


The corporation’s commitment to its core values has made it the leading architect and principal technical resource for programs of national significance. Our people are our most valuable resource. We employ 4,100 diverse and talented people who are empowered to ensure the highest levels of performance. Our laboratory facilities are staffed by some of the leading scientists and engineers in the world.

Our Core Values

Dedication to Mission Success: Committed to the success of the customer’s mission and service to the nation

Technical Excellence: World-class experts tackling critical problems of national significance

Commitment to Our People: Inspiring and empowering our people to innovate, collaborate, and make a difference

Objectivity and Integrity: An independent & unbiased nonprofit organization, always delivering the technical truth

Innovation: Shaping the future in a time of unprecedented change

For more information on our values, please visit us here.

Diversity & Inclusion

We are all unique, from diverse backgrounds and all walks of life, yet one thing bonds all of us to each other—the belief that we can make a difference. This core belief empowers us to do our best work.

For more information on our employee resource groups and inclusion efforts, visit us here.


We work in a collaborative and inclusive environment with strong values focused on our mission, innovation, and people. We offer a comprehensive total rewards portfolio with a wide array of employee programs and services.

Health and Wellness

  • Medical Insurance — Nationwide preferred provider organizations (PPOs/EPOs) and consumer-driven health plans (CDHPs) available; health maintenance organizations (HMOs) available in California and Virginia/DC; Tricare Supplement available for eligible employees 
  • Dental Insurance — PPO and HMO plans available 
  • Vision Insurance — Provided by Vision Service Plan (VSP) 
  • Healthcare and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) – Set aside pre-tax dollars for eligible healthcare and dependent care expenses 
  • Health Saving Accounts (HSAs) — Use pre-tax dollars to pay for eligible medical, dental, and vision expenses 

Paid Time Off

  • Vacation — 15 paid days per year; 20 days per year after five years of service 
  • Holidays — Seven paid holidays plus one paid personal day 
  • Sick Time — Exempt employees receive unlimited sick time; non-exempt employees accrue 80 hours of sick time per year 
  • Parental Leave — Four weeks of company-paid leave when taken within the first twelve months of the birth, adoption, or foster placement of a child
  • Other Paid and Unpaid Leaves 

Planning for the Future

  • 401(k) Plan — Employees receive a total company-paid benefit of 8%, 10%, or 12% of eligible compensation based on years of service and matching contributions; employees are immediately eligible and vested in the plan upon hire 

Work/Life Flexibility

  • Work Hours — Full-time employees can work either a standard eight-hour day or a 9/80 schedule with alternate Fridays off 
  • Back-up Care — Offers 24/7/365 access to accredited centers and in-home caregivers for children and adults for last-minute or short-term care 
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) — Provides you and your household members with no-cost, confidential, and user-friendly resources to help with life’s demands 
  • Employee Referral Program — Incentive-based program where employee referrals are rewarded based on each step of the recruiting process 
  • Parenting and Childcare — Workshops and lunchtime educational seminars providing extensive pre- and post-natal support to new parents 
  • Pet Care — Dog walkers and experienced pet sitters for drop-in or extended stay needs through Bright Horizons. 
  • Relocation Program — Relocation assistance available for transferring employees who meet eligibility requirements 
  • Rewards and Recognition — We honor the outstanding and distinguished contributions or leadership by employees in support of our strategic imperatives, corporate initiatives, and organizational goals and values 
  • Wellness Programs — Health and wellness programs, resources, and services that enhance the general well-being and quality of life for employees
  • Commuter and Rideshare Programs — Includes a commuter vanpool program, designated carpool parking, ride-matching services, bicycle commuting support, EV chargers, and public transportation reimbursement 

Growth and Career Development

  • Aerospace University — Offers virtual and in-person programs to support space, technical, and professional development 
  • Educational Assistance — Includes tuition reimbursement, fellowship, and educational assignment 
  • Mentoring Program — The Aerospace Mentoring Initiative was established to aid employees interested in being a mentor or a mentee to create an environment that encourages employee growth 
  • Aerospace Rotation Program — Provides the opportunity to broaden one’s perspective and knowledge of company and customer operations by experiencing temporary assignments in other organizations 
  • Talent Referral Program — We offer a talent referral program based on business needs and eligibility 


Working at Aerospace means ensuring the safety and success of every government, civil and commercial space mission. You’ll work side-by-side with some of the brightest minds in the field who will support you on whatever path your career takes. As an independent nonprofit, we deliver objective analysis, searching for technical truth and tackling the most complex challenges to ensure the safety and security of the U.S. space enterprise.

"I tend to think of my career at Aerospace as a journey filled with personal growth; rather than a sequence of titles and organizations. Every position I’ve had was a destination along my journey; where I brought what I knew from previous experiences and applied them as appropriate to this new territory. Like a traveler, my personal growth in a position came from discovery, the things I did, and the observations I made. I’ve had opportunities to get close to our operational customer and see the import of their mission as well as the systems that enable it. I’ve been involved with acquisitions to understand how our role is critical to enabling the success of the customer’s mission. I’ve interacted with a broad and diverse group of individuals over time, which has trained me to realize the power of relationships and see the possibilities and potential in everyone. Inevitably I learned new things, gained new skills and evolved in thought and perspective. Once I felt I had learned what I needed or had done what I could, I looked for new opportunities to continue my growth. New opportunities for me didn’t always mean promotion. It usually meant doing something new or doing something in a new way. Sure, my career has grown in title and responsibility, but the real growth has been in me. "
Rosalind Lewis
General Manager, Space Program Operations
"At Aerospace, a nonprofit corporation operating the only FFRDC for the space enterprise, I have the exciting role of leading over 200 engineers and managing over 30 laboratories and facilities across the country. Every day brings new opportunities for learning, whether it is through solving the customer’s hardest space enterprise problems or working with some of the brightest minds and delivering innovative prototypes. Our people challenge one another to bring the best solutions, and we have high standards for independent thought. My career defining moments were in those times where I was really tested – whether for a high stakes NASA review or a cross-country move for a new and not fully defined role. I learned that technical competence is fundamental, but resilience and the ability to deal with ambiguity are essential."
Dr. Debra Emmons
General Manager, Communication Technologies and Engineering Division

Social impact

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is the merger of business and community interests to better the society we share. Aerospace has been committed to CSR since our inception, with employees consistently contributing resources, time, and money to educational, social, and environmental programs.

STEM Programs: Aerospace is committed to sharing our passion for the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) disciplines to inspire the next generation — shaping and securing the future of our nation. Some of the many activities we support are offer STEM Tours, Webinars, an annual science competition on both the West and East Coasts, Student and Teacher Workshops and an annual Take Our Kids to Work Day.

Giving Back to Our Communities: We believe in fostering long-term, positive change by connecting with and enriching our communities, and helping our neighbors across a spectrum of challenges—on both personal and corporate levels—through giving opportunities, community activities, teaming up with our military customers for community events, and an annual need-based scholarship awarded to STEM students at Title I schools.

Sustainability at Aerospace: Demonstrating honorable corporate citizenship by meeting our own needs without jeopardizing the needs of future generations. 

Business Ethics: Aerospace’s business ethics are the cornerstone of our core values of objectivity and integrity. This commitment to our core values is enduring and critical to addressing the evolving demands of the space enterprise. Furthermore, this high ethical standard fosters a safe and thriving workplace.

To download our annual CSR report, please visit us here.

Opportunities at The Aerospace Corporation