NRC National Research Council

NSF National Science Foundation

NSSTC National Space Science and Technology Center

OAST Office of Aeronautics and Space Technology

OMB Office of Management and Budget

PAH polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon

PCPL Polymer Composite Processing Laboratory

PI principal investigator

PIV particle image velocimetry

PLDL Pulsed Laser Deposition Laboratory

PMA President’s Management Agenda

PSL Propulsion Systems Laboratory

PSP pressure-sensitive paint

R&D research and development

R&T research and technology

ROSES Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences

SAFETi Systems and Airframe Evaluation Testing and Integration

SBIR Small Business Innovation Research

SBTF Structural Benchmark Testing Facility

SCAP Strategic Capabilities Asset Program

SED Science and Exploration Directorate

SMD Science Mission Directorate

SOFIA Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy

SOT statement of task

SSC Stennis Space Center

SWT supersonic wind tunnel

TEFIM test equipment and facilities infrastructure management

TFR technical facility restoration

TPS thermal protection system

TRL technology readiness level

TRL 1-3 technology readiness levels 1 through 3

VCSI Von Braun Center for Science and Innovation

VMS vertical motion simulator

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