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Inspiring the Next Generation of Astronauts, Scientists, & Explorers

Building the next generation of astronauts, scientists, and explorers starts with empowering today’s students at a young age. But where a student is from should not determine their future – there must be equal opportunity for everyone, no matter their zip code. To bring the wonder of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to more students, AIA partnered with First Book to launch our My Place in Space campaign in December, delivering 20,000 STEM-themed books featuring di...

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Women's History Month Spotlight: Barbara Borgonovi, Raytheon

Barbara BorgonoviVice President, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Systems, Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems Global President, Raytheon Women’s Network, Employee Resource GroupRaytheon Company How did you get your start in the aerospace and defense industry? I love solving complex problems. Engineering was a natural career path for me based on the real-world impact of the problems that I wanted to help solve. As an undergrad at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, I gained per...

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Women's History Month Q&A: Sara Kennedy, Cubic Corporation

Sara KennedyContracts Administrator Cubic Corporation How did you get your start in the aerospace and defense industry? When I was in law school, I quickly had the realization that while I found the work interesting, I didn’t want to use my education in the traditional way.  After law school I immediately started looking at careers that would challenge me and allow me to use my education.  San Diego is a hub for the Aerospace and Defense industry, so I started looking f...

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Sorting Out Space Debris

Earlier this year, there was a great deal of public attention on the potential collision of two dormant objects – one an old NASA telescope, the other a former Air Force satellite. Moving 9.1 miles per second, the two barely missed each other – which was a relief. But as Director of the Office of Space Commerce Kevin O’Connell noted, this dramatic occurrence was one of five similar events just that day. These events highlight three vital parts of today’s space environment: The orb...

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AIA at CES – Roundtable to Revolutionize Transportation

For the first time ever, the Aerospace Industries Association took part in this year’s Consumer Electronics Shows (CES). This major gathering of technology companies and experts provided the perfect forum for not only our members to show off their incredible innovations, but also for AIA to bring together key U.S. leaders and discuss the future of technology. That’s why, in partnership with the Consumer Technology Association, AIA co-hosted an Urban Air Mobility (UAM) roundtable discussion. ...

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Heritage Month Spotlight: Genevieve Bennally, Raytheon

Genevieve BennallySenior Systems EngineerRaytheon A Nation Rising We know that Raytheon has some of the best engineers in our industry, but what makes them the best isn’t just their technical expertise. It’s their ability to embolden the next generation to rise to the challenges ahead. Senior Systems Engineer Genevieve Bennally has been helping young people rise throughout her career and even throughout her life, thanks to her culture. Growing up in Page, Arizona, Genevieve was born...

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Heritage Month Spotlight: Joshua John, Raytheon

Joshua JohnSenior Systems Engineer,Raytheon Two Worlds, One Purpose When we think about our careers, it’s natural to focus on our accomplishments, especially when we’re asked about it. We might say we were a manager at this company or a top contributor to this function or perhaps even a thought leader in this area. But for Senior Systems Engineer Joshua John, success is about being part of a team. Ask him about his career at Raytheon, and he’ll tell you how many programs he...

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An Exciting Time for International Space

This week, hundreds of space experts are in Houston for the annual SpaceCom conference, including myself. I had the honor to join a panel on international commercial space opportunities and talked about how some of the most promising new space markets have deep international ties and how governments are playing a big part in this area as both funders and supporters of international commercial space activity. It is an incredible time in the space economy. Right now, two entirely new space ma...

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Dubai Air Show Report: The Importance of Global Relationships

This past week, the U.S. aerospace and defense (A&D) industry made up a major part of the 2019 Dubai Airshow. The show welcomed a large U.S. government delegation that brought a message of continued partnership with allies around the globe. We are proud to support those government-to-government partnerships that help our foreign partners meet their national security needs with the very best U.S. equipment. It is the partnerships formed and strengthened during the show that will help define ...

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U.S. at DAS 19: What’s Next for American Civil Aviation

For many years, American civil aviation has cruised at a steady altitude. The last massive shift in aviation was the jet age which fundamentally changed the way we travel, connecting the world in ways we previously could only imagine. It isn’t that our industry has not innovated. From the first 747 to the 787, airplane products have evolved. But outside of a short flirtation with supersonic flight, we travel in much the same way as our parents did, flying from point A to point B, and then...

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Dubai Air Show: Laying the Groundwork for Our Future

Air shows are an opportunity to showcase the industry and our innovative technologies that move, connect, and inspire the world. As aerospace and defense leaders convene in Dubai next week, the Aerospace Industries Association is proud to represent American aerospace and defense and show the world the very best of our industry. The air show comes at a very important time in our association’s history – 2019 marks our 100th anniversary. This milestone is a chance to celebrate both the hist...

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National Aerospace Standards: Securing the Way Home

No matter how or where you’re going, the vehicle you ride in will almost certainly be made up of standardized parts that get you to your destination. As we celebrate World Standards Day, we reflect on the importance of standards and the immense impact they have on our lives. When performance and reliability are essential – which is practically always when it comes to aerospace and defense – standards are used to meet the requirements of high-strength applications. At AIA, the National ...

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