Welcome to USARACE

The U.S. Aeronautical Research and Component Exchange provides aerospace components and equipment to qualifying aeronautical Research and Development Institutions.
The foundation benefits both Public and Private organizations involved with United States Department of Defense and NASA related advancements.

Where We Impact

  • As NASA continues its mission to carry human presence deeper into space and expand our knowledge of the universe, the Agency’s efforts also reach into another territory—the inner space of the human body.

  • Whether it’s designing new software to analyze deep space photography or building components for use on the International Space Station, we're researching and developing new technologies.

What We Do

USARACE reutilizes component parts, both from private enterprises and the U.S. Government. We support companies conducting R&D for the Department of Defense and NASA. Through the stewardship of reutilization, our goal is to aid in building a stronger and more secure America. We are a nonprofit 501(3) C corporation and 50% of our workforce are veterans who have served in a variety of branches in the U.S. military.

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  • NASA’s work over the past 50 years has continued to teach us about our home planet, as the Agency studies Earth from the unique vantage point of space, with 15 Earth observing satellites now in orbit.

  • We have a long history of finding applications of space and aeronautics technologies that provide broad public benefits.

Reutilization vs. Recycling

The practice of reutilization is the highest form of what is commonly known as recycling. Many times in the interest of recycling, we adopt practices that though well intentioned, become more of a drain on the environment than an actual benefit.

For instance, let's say an organization ordered 1,000 ball bearings. The actual usage for the life of the project ended up being only 750 bearings. A common "green" thought would be; rather than dispose of the bearings in the local land fill, let's melt down the metal and reuse it for manufacturing another stainless steel component. The actual recouping of raw material may save 3 to 8 percent of the original expenses, and may in fact add value to the environment by reusing the raw material. However, many times the environmental impact is actually a negative strain on the total energy usage and pollution caused by the recycling process itself.

A much better way of recycling is the concept of reutilization. Reutilization is not a new concept. Successful private companies and the U.S. Government have been implementing this idea for years. Reutilization takes an already existing product, such as the ball bearing in our earlier example, and seeks out the usage of that exact same component for a different project. Thus reusing the product for its originally intended end purpose. For example, the same bearing may be used in both the "skateboard", and the "rollerblade."