Aerospace & technology overview

Supporting aerospace technology and defense programs globally.

Our aerospace and defense clients need their personnel, systems, and equipment to be safe, functional, and top-of-the-line. Jacobs’ deep experience with advanced technology systems and our wide-ranging program support capabilities work together to make us a premier partner to aerospace and defense clients at locations around the world.

Jacobs provides its clients with a full range of advanced technology services – refined over nearly 65 years of experience supporting both government and commercial clients – and are known for our commitment to excellence and our outstanding achievements in quality, performance, and safety. With a focus on long-term, ongoing client relationships, many of our clients retain our services across multiple contracts, resulting in successful partnerships over many years.

Jacobs offers an extensive range of program support capabilities to defense agencies, including U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), Joint Staff, Unified Command, and others. With expertise in special operations, intelligence, and information technology, we support operational mission planning and execution, special-mission training, intelligence analysis, cyber security, data management, acquisition and logistics management, and business operations and financial management. Jacobs works at a wide variety of locations, as well serving USSOCOM staff in training, equipping, and deploying combat-ready troops.

Service and trust are at the heart of our client relationships. We develop, build, and nurture these relationships by demonstrating integrity exercising sound judgment in our business, and living up to our commitments – by doing what we say we will do.


Air Systems

Providing unique testing capabilities for our world’s air systems.

Our clients need to be certain about the safety and functionality of their airborne technologies, and Jacobs provides some of the most experienced aerospace testing, engineering, and support services in the world. We operate and maintain state-of-the-art technical facilities – wind tunnels, turbine and rocket test cells, and space environmental chambers – and have contributed significantly to virtually every major U.S. space and defense program as well as similar programs globally.

Jacobs provides its clients with testing and development support for technologies ranging from engines and jet canopies to aircraft and weapons systems, as well as electronic testing such as airborne threat simulation (ATS). Additionally, as the U.S. Department of Defense increases its focus on cyber warfare and unmanned air systems, we can assist with advanced sensors, automated targeting, and unmanned weapons systems.

Jacobs is also a leading developer of defense aircraft mission planning software tools with capabilities for analysis and reporting of navigation and mission data, navigation data verification and validation, military airdrop planning, and CNS/ATM compliance, as well as eLearning development for the software tools.

Many of the facilities we support provide unique testing capabilities and we augment our clients’ staff and capabilities in providing air system testing and support services. For example, Jacobs has supported Arnold Engineering Development Complex (AEDC) – the largest and most advanced complex of flight simulation test facilities in the world – offering ~60 testing facilities, 27 of which are unique within the U.S., and 14 of which are unique in the world.

U.S. Air Force, Speed Agile Airlifter Concept Testing at the National Full-Scale Aerodynamic Complex, Moffett Field, CA, USA
U.S. Air Force, F-22 Raptors, Elmendorf AFB, AK, USA
Royal Australian Air Force, F/A-18 Hornet Test Firing Advanced Short Range Air-to-Air Missile, Canberra, Australia
U.S. Air Force, Sensor Exploitation Assessment, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH, USA
NASA Langley Research Center, SJX61-2 Mach 5 Scramjet Engine Testing, Hampton, VA, USA; Credit: NASA

Clients include:

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • U.S. Air Force
  • UK Ministry of Defence
  • Australian Department of Defence
  • Boeing
  • Airbus
  • Pratt & Whitney

Land systems

Partnering with our clients to deliver premier ground and weapons systems.

The safety and functionality of our clients’ land-based technologies is of utmost importance. Jacobs provides support for the ground vehicles and weapon systems in use by the world’s defense organizations. Our support includes the development, testing, evaluation, and life cycle management of armor systems, ammunition and ballistics, and a variety of vehicles.

Jacobs provides full life cycle management services to the U.S. Department of Defense, including: integrated logistics and fielding support; new equipment training; repair and refit services; electronic, automation, and systems engineering support; and other logistics support services required by Army regulations for the fielding of land systems. Jacobs also supports the PEO Ground Combat Systems (GCS); the Tank Automotive Research, Development, and Engineering Center (TARDEC); and the U.S. Army Materiel Command (AMC), providing the full range of material support services for various land systems.

Much of our land system testing support takes place at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Aberdeen, Maryland, where we provide support for the Aberdeen Test Center (one of the DOD’s most diverse and rigorous test ranges) in a variety of functions including testing and data collection services; and test support for combat, special purpose and passenger vehicles; weapons; and soldier systems.

U.S. Army, Aberdeen Test Center, Aerial View of Munson Test Course, Aberdeen, MD, USA
U.S. Army, Aberdeen Test Center, Bradley Tank Firing, Aberdeen, MD, USA
U.S. Army, Aberdeen Test Center, Stryker Commander's Vehicle, Aberdeen, MD, USA
U.S. Army, Program Executive Office Ground Combat Systems, Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle, USA
U.S. Army, Program Executive Office Ground Combat Systems, M1A1 Abrams Tank, USA
U.S. Army, Robotic Systems Joint Project Office, Talon Unmanned Ground Vehicle, Warren, MI, USA

Land system types:

  • Abrams
  • Bradley
  • Paladin tracked vehicles
  • Mine resistant ambush protected (MRAP) vehicles
  • Stryker armored fighting vehicles (AFVs)
  • Unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) systems

Sea systems

Helping develop safe, reliable sea systems.

Our clients must ensure that the sea systems they create are safe, efficient, and effective, so they look to us to provide high quality, value, and integrity in the work that we deliver. Jacobs focuses on providing our clients with support in the development, testing, evaluation, and maintenance of their sea-based defense technologies.

For the Australian Department of Defence, Jacobs provides such services as systems engineering and integration, in-service engineering and logistics support of ship mechanical and combat systems, supervision of ship refits on Anzac class frigates, and logistics and engineering support to the Canberra-Class Amphibious Assault Ship for the Royal Australian Navy. We also provide a resident project team for Australia’s Customs and Border Protection Service to supervise construction of the Cape-Class Patrol Boat (CCPB). In addition, we support the Royal Australian Navy’s submarine project.

Jacobs has also supported the United Kingdom submarine program since 1984, providing the Ministry of Defence solutions in nuclear submarine construction and infrastructure support, and augmenting its programs with effective and economic solutions, as well as support services such as project and program management support, nuclear engineering, and civil and structural engineering expertise. We also work with the U.S. DOD’s Combatant Craft Program Management Office (CCPMO), and contribute regularly to the U.S. Navy’s workload through SeaPort-e.

U.S. Special Operations Command, MK-V Combatant Craft, Norfolk, VA, USA
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service, Australian Customs Vessel Ocean Protector, Canberra, Australia
Royal Australian Navy, Anzac-Class Frigate, Canberra, Australia
Australian Customs and Border Protection Service, Austral's Cape Class Patrol Boat, Henderson, Australia
Royal Australian Navy, HMAS Rankin, Collins-Class Submarine, Canberra, Australia

Clients include:

  • Australian Department of Defence
  • UK Ministry of Defence (MOD)
  • U.S. Department of Defense

Space Exploration Systems

Supporting the exploration of the universe.

For more than 50 years, Jacobs engineers, technicians and scientists have provided integrated solutions to help solve the complex challenges of human spaceflight.

As NASA’s largest professional and technical services provider, Jacobs contributes proven experience to many of NASA’s spaceflight programs with employees located throughout eight major NASA centers across the United States.

RS 25 Rocket Engine Test for Space Launch System – Marshall Space Flight Center – (NASA)
Aerodynamics Test in Wind Tunnel for Space Launch System – Langley Research Center – (NASA)
James Webb Space Telescope Vacuum Chamber Testing – Johnson Space Center – (NASA)
Orion Parachute System Testing – Johnson Space Center – (NASA)
Explorations Ground Systems Mobile Launcher– Kennedy Space Center – (NASA)
Exploration Ground Systems Crawler Transporter – Kennedy Space Center –(NASA)
Commercial Payload Processing – International Space Station –Kennedy Space Center– (NASA)
Space Launch System – Core Stage Pathfinder – Marshall Flight Center – (NASA)
Artificial Gravity System – Astronaut EVA Procedures – Johnson Space Center – (NASA)
Heat Shield Thermal Testing, Ames Research Center
Antarctic Meteorite Research - (NASA)

Launching NASA’s Spaceport of the Future

NASA’s Exploration Ground Systems (EGS) at Kennedy Space Center will build and operate the infrastructure and systems which will process, launch and recover NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) heavy-lift rocket and Orion multi-purpose crew vehicle designed to achieve NASA’s goals for deep space exploration. Jacobs is working to achieve this transformation by constructing and developing 21st century ground systems while refurbishing and upgrading infrastructure and facilities to meet tomorrow’s demands. This modernization effort retains flexibility to accommodate a wide range of launch vehicle configurations.

As the prime contractor for NASA’s EGS, Jacobs is responsible for the development and operations of flight vehicle components including integration, processing, testing, launch and recovery. Key elements associated with these capabilities include upgrades to the crawler transporter, mobile launcher, launch pad 39B, launch control center firing rooms, vehicle assembly building and spaceport command and control system software.

Supporting Human Exploration Beyond Earth

The Orion capsule is a new generation, advanced space vehicle designed for long-duration, human-rated, deep space exploration. Orion will transport humans to destinations beyond low Earth orbit. The spacecraft’s subsystems are engineered to ensure the highest level of safety and reliability.

Jacobs is providing critical engineering, fabrication and testing services to ensure Orion’s systems meet strict reliability guidelines that will protect NASA’s astronauts on humankind’s greatest journey to explore space. Multiple Jacobs contract operations work as one team, supporting development of the Environmental Control Life Support Systems, performing essential tests on the Launch Abort System’s solid propulsion rocket control systems, high-altitude drop tests of the capsule parachute assembly system, water impact drop and stress tests replicating vehicle splashdown conditions as well as validation of the spacecraft’s Thermal Protection System and Heat Shield simulating Earth re-entry temperatures exceeding 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

Building the Power to Explore Deep Space

NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS), an advanced heavy-lift launch vehicle for a new era of human exploration beyond Earth orbit, is the most powerful and complex rocket ever built.

The Jacobs team is providing critical technical leadership and support to the program through current system level services, including vehicle systems engineering and integration; flight software development; avionics systems integration; lab construction and operation; vehicle structural load development; structural, propulsion and acoustic testing; and design, development and analysis.

Supporting Payload Development and Processing

NASA’s International Space Station (ISS) is a test bed for deep space technologies and systems critical to human exploration beyond low Earth orbit. From concept formulation to operational systems integration, Jacobs manages the life cycle of technical and scientific payloads, providing design, testing, certification and processing for launch.

At Kennedy Space Center, Jacobs coordinates the detailed logistics of launching payloads in concert with commercial cargo platforms from Orbital ATK Cygnus, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency HTV and SpaceX Dragon. At Johnson Space Center, Jacobs manages the end-to-end process of engineering technical and scientific payloads to perform reliably and safely.

Partnering with America’s Commercial Aerospace Industry

Through NASA’s commercial crew and cargo contracts, several companies have delivered cargo delivery systems, launch vehicles, and crew capsules to transport critical supplies and science payloads to the International Space Station.

Partnering with NASA and commercial space companies, Jacobs uses NASA’s testing facilities at multiple centers to provide critical engineering services to ensure vehicle reliability and safety. Jacobs provides wind tunnel, structural vibration, water impact, and thermal protection testing for commercial companies such Boeing, SpaceX, Orbital/ATK and Sierra Nevada.

Providing Breakthrough Discoveries and Innovative Solutions

Jacobs provides research and applied science expertise to NASA in an exciting array of services, including astromaterials curation, aeronautics research, planetary science, planetary mission science support, and orbital debris modeling and analysis. Whether it is testing NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope or exploring for meteorites in Antarctica, Jacobs employs hundreds of scientists and technicians that push the boundaries of science and technology.

Jacobs also performs research and development in support of NASA’s aeronautics program across its Research Centers, including Langley, Ames, and Glen. Our support of entry systems technology includes test engineering, facility operations and maintenance, model instrumentation, systems development, and data acquisition.


National Security Programs

Supporting national security and intelligence.

For our nation’s security, defense, and intelligence agencies, Jacobs is a leading provider of mission operations support, information technology systems, scientific engineering, cyber security, facility operations support, and building design. 

Information technology is a critical enabler of security programs and facilities. Our solutions span virtually every form of modern software, data-processing and communications technology. We specialize in IP-based network engineering, cloud-based solutions, application development, enterprise voice communications, global video-teleconferencing solutions, service desk operations, and cyber security.

Attacks compromising the information systems and data security of both private and public organizations have increased alarmingly in recent years. Jacobs' cyber security experts apply a wide range of technologies, processes, and practices to protect data centers, networks, and computer systems from attack, damage, or unauthorized access. We are adept at working with traditional security architectures as well as meeting the challenges posed by virtualized and cloud-computing environments. Jacobs' experts develop and apply identity management and access control systems; enable cross-domain solutions; perform vulnerability analysis and penetration testing; and certify and accredit the security strength of systems. In addition, unlike most cyber security providers, we also tune systems for best performance.

Jacobs has extensive mission operations experience including all source analysis, war gaming, mission planning, modeling and simulation, and acquisition and logistics. Our buildings design expertise includes state-of-the-art data centers, mission critical infrastructure, military, intelligence, aviation, and civilian public sector facility projects. Our building services range from master planning to design to construction management.

Jacobs also operates and maintains a wide range of secure facilities including administrative, laboratory, wind tunnel, testing, research, and advanced manufacturing. We strive to reduce operational costs through condition-based maintenance principles, and we leverage the power of data analytics to optimize technology utilization and workforce alignment.

To ensure bias-free support to our clients, we require no firewalls or other corporate structures when selecting systems and hardware, and thus avoid  traditional organizational conflicts of interest (OCI). Our freedom from OCI also allows us to serve in sensitive roles supporting our clients’ mission, providing independent and objective assessments of hardware, systems, and alternative approaches. 

At Jacobs, we take pride in the trusted relationships we form with our customers, strive to maintain our technological and operational expertise, and follow through on our commitment to innovation and the transfer of best practices.

National Security Programs


  • Intelligence Community Agencies
  • Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA)
  • Department of Defense (DoD)
  • Department of Energy (DoE)
  • National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA)
  • United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM)

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Aerodynamics research

Advancing innovation for clients through research.

Our clients benefit from our extensive in performing aerodynamics research and testing that includes aircraft and airborne weapon systems such as missiles and aerial bombs. Jacobs operates and maintains many of the world’s most advanced aerodynamic testing facilities for our clients. We also design and build wind tunnels and other test facilities for NASA and the U.S. DOD. Jacobs' services include work on weapon and vehicle aerodynamics, rocket and turbine propulsion systems, ballistics, and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) systems.

The facilities Jacobs supports offer wind tunnels and measurement technologies that allow our staff to provide our clients with specific and useful information for the continued improvement of their products – many of which have an unparalleled range of capabilities. For example, our support at the aerodynamics facilities at Arnold Engineering Development Complex (AEDC) can simulate flight conditions from sea level to 300 miles and from subsonic velocities to Mach 20. Jacobs also performs testing and evaluation for NASA’s atmospheric air systems at Glenn Research Center and Langley Research Center.

U.S. Air Force, F-35 Lightening II STOL Testing Model in the 16-foot Transonic Wind Tunnel at Arnold Engineering Development Complex, Arnold AFB, TN, USA
NASA Ames Research Center, 11x11 Transonic Wind Tunnel, Moffett Field, CA, USA; Credit: NASA
U.S. Air Force, Aeropropulsion Systems Test Facility at Arnold Engineering Development Complex, Arnold AFB, TN, USA
U.S. Air Force, X-43 Hyper-X Reentry Testing at Arnold Engineering Development Complex, Arnold AFB, TN, USA
U.S. Air Force, F/A-18 Testing at the National Full-Scale Aerodynamics Complex, Arnold AFB, TN, USA

Personal protective systems

Providing our warfighters with world-class equipment.

For our clients, preventing injuries to the warfighter is a top priority. Our passion for people and our expertise in support services combine to make Jacobs a key partner to our clients in ensuring the safety of defense personnel. With years of experience and a drive for safety, our highly-skilled personnel provide support to clients at locations around the country and worldwide in the research, development, test, evaluation, distribution, and storage of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other protective systems.

Jacobs' largest PPE support contract is for Dugway Proving Ground (DPG) in Utah, where much of our personal protective systems support takes place. At DPG, we develop and calibrate chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear defense (CBRND) equipment, and provide research, testing, and development support for body armor and hazardous material PPE.

Key clients and efforts Jacobs supports:

  • U.S. Army in the development and testing of PPE for soldiers and other personnel working with hazardous, toxic, and radiological wastes, debris, and other environmental contaminants
  • PEO Soldier programs for body armor and personal sensor systems such as advanced combat helmet (ACH) and integrated soldier sensor system (ISSS)
  • Joint Equipment Assessment Program (JEAP), which provides services to the U.S. Department of Defense and Marine Corps Logistics Command
U.S. Army, Dugway Proving Ground, Range, Chamber, and Laboratory Support Services, Dugway, UT, USA
U.S. Army, Nett Warrior, USA
U.S. Department of the Navy, Navy SEALs Conduct Training in a Remote Area, USA

Capabilities include:

  • Program management
  • Planning
  • Studies and capabilities development
  • Liaison and operations support
  • Strategic communications
  • Engineering and logistics support
  • System test and product fielding support
  • Acquisition and contracting support
  • Software development and system safety
  • Studies and analysis
  • Quick response support