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The National Suborbital Education and Research Center (NSERC) is the product of a cooperative agreement between NASA and the University of North Dakota.  NSERC is part of the Ames Cooperative for Research in Earth Science and Technology (ARC-CREST).

NSERC supports science mission operations and aircraft deployments for Earth science research campaigns conducted by the NASA Airborne Science Program. NSERC provides payload integration engineering, data display and networking, and facility instrumentation for NASA's fleet of research aircraft, including the DC-8 and P-3B airborne laboratories, the ER-2 high altitude platform, and the Global Hawk Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle, among others.

NSERC is also responsible for education and outreach activities for the Airborne Science Program, including organization and operation of the Student Airborne Research Program (SARP), a college-level summer internship that provides hands-on research experience in airborne science using NASA's flying laboratories.