The Aerospace Corporation
The Aerospace Corporation is a non-profit government funded engineering and science organization headquartered in El Segundo, California. As an Federally-Funded Research & Development Center (FFRDC), the entity acts as an agent of the U.S. Government.
Among the earliest projects it supported were Dyna-Soar and Project Mercury. The Aerospace Corporation provided general systems engineering and technical direction for the Titan II missile, the launch vehicle for Project Gemini. Beginning in 1973, The Aerospace Corporation initiated and developed the Global Positioning System (GPS).