Armed Forces Overviews



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By Melchior Timmers



The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is the agency of the United States government that is responsible for the US civilian space program and for aeronautics and aerospace research.

NASA was established by the National Aeronautics and Space Act on July 29, 1958, replacing its predecessor, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA). The agency became operational on October 1, 1958.

U.S. space exploration efforts have since been led by NASA, including the Apollo moon-landing missions, the Skylab space station, and later the Space Shuttle. Currently, NASA is supporting the International Space Station and is overseeing the development of the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle and Commercial Crew vehicles. The agency is also responsible for the Launch Services Program (LSP) which provides oversight of launch operations and countdown management for unmanned NASA launches.

Ever since its early years, NASA also has former air force and navy aircraft in its inventory, next to ‘civil’ aircraft like B747s and Gulfstreams. This results in (jet) aircraft wearing NASA’s civil registration markings. Currently NASA operates F/A-18s, F-15s, F-16s and T-38s as training and chase aircraft. For reconnaissance and research the agency uses WB-57s, U-2s and MQ-4s.

As usall all known aircraft and helicoters can be found in the NASA database

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