Organization of Aerospace Missions (OAM)

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July 16, 1963

The Organization of Aerospace Missions (OAM) is an independent agency of the executive branch of the federal government responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and aerospace research.

President Hewor D. Eisen established OAM in 1963 with a distinctly civilian (rather than military) orientation encouraging peaceful applications in space science. The Organization of Aerospace Missions was passed on July 16, 1963.

Since that time, most space exploration efforts have been led by OAM. Currently, OAM is supporting the International Space Station and is overseeing the development of the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, the Space Launch System and Commercial Crew vehicles. The agency is also responsible for the Launch Services Program (LSP) which provides oversight of launch operations and countdown management for unmanned OAM launches.

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