Innovator Spotlight

Researchers at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center are developing cutting-edge technologies to make aircraft and spacecraft safer. Their innovations in advanced aeronautics, space operations, engineering, and software for NASA also have potential applications here on Earth.


Ricardo Arteaga
Ricardo Arteaga, Research Engineer, Research and Design Branch
"We're having a drone revolution right now. It's like when the Internet began. We're defining the protocol and the standards and the architecture. But instead of sending packets of information, we’re dealing with aircraft."
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Allen Parker
Allen Parker, Research Engineer, Embedded Systems and Sensor Research & Development Group
"I've been interested in science and electronics since I was about 12 years old. My mom and dad saw this in me as I was growing up—that I enjoyed science and engineering—and so my mom would always say, ‘My son is going to be an engineer for NASA.'"
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Michael Ritchson
Michael Ritchson, Data Management Solutions Developer
"Working at IBM really helped me to better understand how software is developed and maintained in the commercial industry. This was great experience for me to bring back to NASA, when I returned to write new software solutions for the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) program."
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Kurt Sanner
Kurt Sanner, Electrical Engineer, Sensors and System Development Branch
"I looked to see what was already on the market, and I found some but I couldn't get anything at a reasonable price. Plus, what was out there could hold only one antenna at a time. We needed an affordable platform that could support lots of antennas. So I decided to build my own."
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