Celebrating 100 Years of Making It Happen

Over the last 100 years, the aerospace and defense industry has imagined, developed, and built technologies that changed the world and shape our daily lives today.

Our industry revolutionized travel, making it possible to connect friends, families, and communities living half a world away. We’re the industry that powers the most effective military in the history of the world, one that keeps America safe each and every day. And we‘re the industry that helped put a man on the moon. We set the stage for that first small step in space, and every day we continue to set the stage for the countless giant leaps yet to come.

Nearly everyone knows that our industry is behind the planes, military equipment, spacecraft, and satellites that make it possible to move, connect, and secure the modern world. It’s even well known that the Internet originated at the Department of Defense, and that A&D technologies make GPS navigation possible.

But do you know just how widespread A&D technologies actually are? Our industry perfected the tech that keeps you comfortable at home, makes it possible to automatically brew your morning coffee, and most importantly, ensures that you can hit the brakes in stop-and-go traffic and arrive safely home after a long day at work. 

As AIA celebrates 100 years of representing the aerospace and defense industry, we wanted to tell some of the most intriguing and surprising stories of how the technologies developed in our sector have shaped the world around us. That’s why we launched a new microsite that shows the impact of our industry’s innovations on daily life.

On the site, you’ll find striking videos and compelling snippets that detail the every day applications and technologies made possible by A&D. And you’ll find answers to questions you didn’t know you had:

  • How do A&D technologies help doctors diagnose and treat patients today? How will they continue to shape modern medicine in the future?
  • How was Virtual Reality technology invented?
  • What technology makes self-driving cars possible, and where did it come from?

For those answers and many more, visit https://waytowhatsnext.com/ and be sure to follow us online through TwitterLinkedIn and Facebook. Like the many great aerospace pioneers who shaped our world, we wish you happy exploring!