About ESC


The Exploration and Space Communications (ESC) projects division provides full-coverage communications and navigation services, as well as cross-cutting technical expertise to move NASA into the future. These services are critical to returning ground-breaking scientific data to Earth where it can be used for the benefit of humanity.

Our Mission

As a national resource, ESC enables human and robotic endeavors in space by providing innovative and mission-effective communications, navigation, and exploration solutions to a large community of diverse users.

Our Vision

ESC is a set of collaborative leaders extending the reach of humanity's quest for discovery and passion for knowledge as sought-out experts worldwide. They are trusted providers of innovative exploration, communications and navigation solutions.

Relationship with SCaN

ESC works on behalf of the Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) program office at NASA Headquarters to effectively implement their vision. SCaN is a division of the Space Operations Mission Directorate and provides programmatic oversight of NASA’s networks, advanced communications technologies, and other space communications and navigation requirements. These capabilities support missions by providing critical connectivity from spacecraft to ground. At Goddard, ESC provides the leadership and expertise to make mission success a reality.