Welcome to Carr Astronautics Corporation, a Maryland-based technology company with an international reach.

Carr Astronautics Corporation provides superior service in the fields of science, engineering, IT and technical support to worldwide government, industry, and academic clients. Carr’s highly praised workforce includes experts in key domains including physics, mathematics, meteorology, software engineering, science data processing, and science product design.

Carr’s 21 years of experience in real-time Science Processing Algorithms (SPA) development, Image Navigation and Registration (INR) systems, data processing and archiving solutions, has proven time and again that we know how to “operationalize science” so the world benefits from science at work. Our systems, software and science contributions to the I-M, NOP and R series of the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) program, ESA/EUMETSAT’s METEOSAT program, and the Korean and Japanese weather satellite programs serve to highlight our achievements

Science at Work.

Recent accomplishments by Carr Astronautics   

GOES-R Project
May 2014 

Product Monitoring team finished software integration and testing of Carr Astronautics' software in swimlane 1.

Product Monitoring team provided essential support for the very successful “GOES-R Day in the Life” demo.

Production Generation team  finished development for all ground software in the current baseline, with integration under way at NOAA Site for the ABI instrument, and Harris Factory integration for ABI plus all the rest of the instruments (GLM, SUVI, SEISS, EXIS, MAG) in the processing chain, from L0, L1, L2, Product Performance, and Product Distribution.


Carr to Provide Scientific and Software Services for TEMPO Instrument


November 14, 2012 - Greenbelt, MD, USA - Carr Astronautics Corporation, a Maryland-based firm specializing in scientific and engineering support services for scientific missions, is pleased to announce the selection of the Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution (TEMPO) instrument proposal by NASA Headquarters. Carr Astronautics is a member of the TEMPO project, headed by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and managed by NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA. Dr. James L. Carr, President of Carr Astronautics, is a Co-Investigator on the SAO TEMPO team. TEMPO was competitively awarded by NASA Headquarters on November 8, 2012.

TEMPO was chosen from 14 proposals submitted under NASA's Earth Venture Instrument program. Earth Venture missions, part of the Earth System Science Pathfinder program, are small, targeted science investigations that complement NASA's larger research missions. Once placed in a geostationary orbit, TEMPO will monitor pollution across the entire North American continent. TEMPO will be the first space-based instrument capable of pollution monitoring of this magnitude. Carr Astronautics’ role on the team includes scientific algorithm development, systems engineering and software development of the Level 1 processing system responsible for transforming raw image data from the spacecraft, into a georectified and georeferenced science product suitable for monitoring pollution. “We are very excited about the TEMPO opportunity. It fits well with our core competence:  Providing ground data processing systems for science missions,” said Jim Carr.  

The program is expected to begin in early 2013. The instrument, to be completed in 2017, will share a ride on a geostationary satellite as a hosted payload. Orbiting approximately 22,000 miles above the Earth's equator, TEMPO will produce a wealth of data and significantly improve scientists’ ability to monitor and analyze earth’s pollution from space.

Carr Astronautics Corporation was founded in 1991, is privately held and headquartered in Greenbelt, MD, USA. Carr Astronautics provides aerospace engineering, science modeling and analysis, information systems and operational support to NOAA, NASA, USDA and DoD agencies and various other commercial organizations. Internationally, Carr Astronautics is known for expert systems development and for image navigation and registration (INR) critical to Geostationary Imagery Systems in Europe, Japan and Korea.