NASA's role in aeronautics is, by charter, to improve the usefulness, performance, speed, safety, and efficiency of U.S. civil and military aeronautical vehicles and to preserve U.S. leadership in aeronautical science and technology and its applications. To fill that role, NASA has oriented its aeronautics research and technology (R & T) programme to meet the near‐term and far‐term technology needs of the aviation industry, aircraft operators, government regulatory agencies, and the military services. NASA coordinates closely with those organizations in defining the R & T needs and the objectives for its aeronautics programme. The programme objective of potentially greatest interest to attendees of the International Air Safety Seminar is “To generate technology required for safer, more economical, efficient, fuel‐conservative, and environmentally acceptable air transportation systems to satisfy current and projected national needs.” In the spirit of this international meeting, I should note that certain NASA aeronautical research disciplines include cooperative efforts with the government aeronautical research organizations of several foreign countries.
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