Aerospace, Aerospace engineering
, British Aerospace
, Aerospace manufacturer
, Bombardier Aerospace
, DaimlerChrysler Aerospace
, Armadillo Aerospace
, Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation
, Ford Aerospace
, Ball Aerospace
travel, manufacturing and associated research. Aerospace is a very diverse industry, with a multitude of commercial, industrial and military applications.Aerospace
is not the same as airspace,
which is a term used to describe the physical air space directly above a location on the ground.
In most industrial countries, the aerospace industry is a cooperation of public and private industries. For example, several countries have a space program
under the command of the government
, such as NASA
in the United States
, the Canadian Space Agency
, Indian Space Research Organization in India
, China National Space Administration
, and Iranian Space Agency
Along with these public space programs, many companies produce technical tools and components such as spaceship
s and satellites
. Some known companies involved in space programs include Lockheed Martin
, Northrop Grumman
, and Boeing
. These companies are also involved in other areas of aerospace such as the construction of aircraft
. Many countries have air transport companies, such as Air France
and Air India
The field of aerospace has been investigated for centuries but it can be said that modern aerospace began with the first powered flight at Kitty Hawk on December 17
, by the Wright brothers
. From there, aerospace has grown to be one of the most exciting, diverse, and fast paced fields of today. From the hot-air balloon
s of 18th century to the first wood-and-cloth plane of Wilbur and Orville Wright to the first trip to the moon on Apollo 11
to the new and exciting aircraft being developed by companies like Boeing, Airbus
, and Bombardier
, aerospace has come a long way in a little over a century.
Aerospace manufacturing is an industry that produces "aircraft, guided missiles, space vehicles, aircraft engines, propulsion units, and related parts," according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics http://www.bls.gov Web site
. Most of the industry is geared toward governmental work. In the United States, the Department of Defense
are the two biggest consumers of aerospace technology and products. The BLS reported that the aerospace industry employed 444,000 wage and salary jobs in 2004. Most of those jobs were in Washington and California.
Important locations of the civil aerospace industry worldwide include Seattle
in Canada (Bombardier), Toulouse
in France and Hamburg
in Germany (both Airbus).
As of June 2005, the top-performing US aerospace companies, as ranked by Aviation Week & Space Technology
# United Technologies Corporation
# General Dynamics Corp.
# L-3 Communications
# Honeywell International Inc.
# Parker Hannifin
# Computer Sciences Corp.
# Thales Group
# Lockheed Martin Corp.
# Northrop Grumman Corp.
* Aerospace engineering
* Atmospheric reentry
* General aviation
* Space exploration
* http://www.nasa.gov National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
* http://www.esa.int European Space Agency (ESA)
* http://www.jaxa.jp/index_e.html Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
*http://www.bls.gov/oco/cg/cgs006.htm BLS site on aerospace industry
*http://www.aia-aerospace.org/ Aerospace Industries Association
*http://www.aiaa.org/ American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
*http://www.faa.gov/education_research/education/ Federal Aviation Administration
*http://www.bl.uk/collections/business/advertin.html The British Library - finding information on the aerospace industry
* http://aerospacedefense.manubiz.com Aerospace Manufacturing Solutions
* http://www.aio.ir/ Iranian Aerospace Industries Organization
* http://www.vtol.org American Helicopter Society
* http://www.aerodyndesign.com Example of Aerospace DesignCategory:Space explorationbr:Aerospasielcs:Aerokosmonautikaeo:Aerokosma flugadikomt:Ajruspazjusco:Aerospace