Why Are There So Many Aerospace Companies in Colorado?

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  • Meet with students and educators to discuss educational opportunities such as internships and other programs involving Colorado aerospace companies and organizations.(More…)
  • The school’s placement in the midst of a busy hub for air travel and aerospace companies means that students won?t have to look far for inspiration and apprenticeships to learn.(More…)


  • Maj. Gen. Jay Lindell is the state office of economic development’s aerospace and defense industry champion.(More…)
  • The company has prime contracts and subcontract work at NASA Johnson Space Center and an engineering support contract with The Boeing Company in Clear Lake, Texas, and Huntsville, Alabama, In addition, the company has government contract work in Washington, D.C., Fort Collins, Colorado, Kansas City and St. Louis, Missouri, and Tampa, Florida.(More…)


Why Are There So Many Aerospace Companies in Colorado?
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link: http://www.coloradosbr.org/aerospace-day-at-the-colorado-state-capitol
author: Colorado Space Business Roundtable


Meet with students and educators to discuss educational opportunities such as internships and other programs involving Colorado aerospace companies and organizations. [1] On June 8, at their office in the Streets of SouthGlenn, the South Metro Denver Chamber hosted local elected officials and leaders in finance, banking, and higher education to hear about the aerospace industry in Colorado. [2] VP Doug Tisdale, Colorado Office of Economic Development Aerospace Champion Maj. Gen. Jay Lindell, CU Assistant Professor in Bioastronautics Dr. Allie Anderson, and former Glendale mayor Lockheed Martin Director of Government Relations Joe Rice spoke about the aerospace industry in Colorado and the south metro region. [2]

Most graduates in aerospace engineering at CU stay in Colorado, where the three largest employers are LMSS, Northrup Grumman and Raytheon. [2]

The school’s placement in the midst of a busy hub for air travel and aerospace companies means that students won?t have to look far for inspiration and apprenticeships to learn. [3] Meet with local businesses that are interested in becoming a supplier or subcontractor to larger aerospace companies such as Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Sierra Nevada, Teledyne Brown Engineering, United Launch Alliance and others. [1]

The following companies are innovating the aerospace field with brand new technology or much needed improvements of traditional methods. [4]

“It’s exciting to think that our company can be part of a new generation of Colorado space companies that will support American, commercial, and international missions off-planet for decades to come.” [5] Boulder, CO (June 7, 2018) Advanced Space LLC., a Boulder, CO company that designs software and provides specialized services for NASA, the U.S. Air Force, and commercial operators, announced today that it was selected from among 113 companies to receive a $250,000 Advanced Industries Accelerator Grant from the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (COEDIT). [5]

This grant, announced in May, was created by COEDIT to “fund companies commercializing innovative technologies to create viable products that meet a market need and can be created or manufactured in Colorado and exported globally.” [5]

Meet with local officials, students, educators, and anyone who is interested to learn about the impact aerospace has on our nation, state, and the benefits to every community in Colorado. [1] The newest issue of the Colorado Aerospace STEM magazine has been released. [5] The Colorado Aerospace STEM Magazine goes out the first week of each month. [5] Be one of the crown jewels of what he and others have started to call Colorado Aerospace Alley. [3] While iLEAD works with more than a dozen charter schools across the country and includes elements of aerospace in its curriculum, Colorado Skies Academy will be the first school in the nation that creates all of its lessons through an aerospace lens. [3] Colorado Skies Academy, which is set to open for the 2019-2020 school year, plans to be the first in the nation to combine project based learning, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) education and focus it all on the aerospace industry. [3]

This statewide contract opportunities fair will give attendees an overall look at what is happening in the Colorado aerospace industry, sessions on business topics, networking, as well as matchmaking opportunities with prime contractors for small businesses. [5]

“Colorado has a significant interest in the continued vitality of general aviation, aerospace, aircraft manufacturing, educational institutions and aviation organizations and community airports and airport operators,” Gov. John Hickenlooper wrote in his proclamation. [6] Retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Jay Lindell, who serves as Gov. John Hickenlooper’s chief advocate for military and aerospace jobs in Colorado, said losing the computer warfare piece might turn out to be good news for Colorado Springs. [7]

The Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership includes over 50 aerospace contractor companies that support NASA and America’s Human Space Exploration Program. [8] Aerospace With its highly skilled expertise in space travel, the Aerospace Corporation has provided independent technical and advisory services for NASA, universities, and private space companies since 1960. [9] Locally, the aerospace industry is defined by the NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) and contractor companies that support the center. [8]

He’s targeting companies in aerospace and defense, especially satellite manufacturers. [10]

Named one of the top five aerospace and defense industry companies by Aviation Week. [11] Since last decade, NASA has turned repeatedly to Colorado companies to produce the technology it needs to not only send astronauts on new lunar missions but also to Mars and into the depths of space. [12] Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper was one of ten governors to speak at SelectUSA. SelectUSA was attended by over 3,000 people with 1,000 looking to locate their companies or make direct investments in the United States. [13]

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (June 27, 2018) – The Space Foundation is now accepting nominations for its highest award, the General James E. Hill Lifetime Space Achievement Award. [14]


Maj. Gen. Jay Lindell is the state office of economic development’s aerospace and defense industry champion. [2] She holds a doctorate in aerospace biomedical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. [2] Completing the aerospace group was Dr. Michael Gazarik, VP of engineering at Ball Aerospace following a 12-year career with NASA. Ball, based in Boulder, was also founded in the mid-1950s and employs 2,800 people. [2] A California man who says he served as a translator last year for Michael Cohen and a South Korean aerospace firm that paid Cohen’s company $150,000 said Tuesday that FBI agents recently interviewed him. [15]

Colorado has $1.8 billion in National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) prime contracts. [2] Colorado was selected because of its strategic location in the center of the U.S. which was felt to be less vulnerable to enemy attacks than the coasts. [2] With the U.S. Department of Defense as its main client, LMSS employs over 10,000 people in Colorado. [2]

Soon afterward, the North American Air Defense Command (NORAD) was established in Colorado Springs. [2]

The most popular occupations in Colorado Springs are Office Manager, Operations Manager, and Software Engineer which pay between $43,308 and $72,150 per year. [16] University of Colorado at Boulder students will be at the controls of one of NASA’s most intriguing missions in recent years following the scheduled March 6 launch of the Kepler spacecraft to hunt down Earth-like planets in other solar systems. [17] “Colorado has a long history of leadership and excellence in supporting humanity’s mission to visit, learn and live among the stars, – most notably the global positioning system (GPS) we all use everyday to travel on Earth,” said Bradley Cheetham, CEO of Advanced Space. [5] Matching grant from the State of Colorado also awarded to Advanced Space to continue development of next-generation systems for the Moon. [1] Advanced Space also received a matching Advanced Industries Accelerator Grant for $250,000 from the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade in May 2018 to support the development of this technology within the state. [1]

The CO Aerospace Magazine is distributed to every school district within the state to encourage students to consider entering into Aerospace and STEM industries when they are able to join the workforce. [5] The Centennial State has the second largest aerospace workforce in the country, both in per capita and in total employees, with every major aerospace corporation having a presence in the state, Barry said. [3]

All small businesses, especially veteran-owned businesses, minority and women-owned businesses, and HUBZone firms, interested in working with aerospace prime contractors and/or the federal government should plan to attend the 3rd annual Aerospace and Defense Small Business Industry Day Thursday, June 28 in Denver, CO. [5] Background: The Engineering & Product Design business within IHS Markit is approximately $350M revenue, and Aerospace & Defense represents… Education: Engineering Degree. [18]

War II, Naval Aerospace and Operational Physiologists have used the principles of physics, biology, and engineering to provide education… evaluation (RDT&E) in support of Navy and Marine Corps operations. [18] What they do: Northrop Grumman Systems is a leading global security company boasting an impressive aerospace sector which provides military aircraft and space systems. [4] SpaceX is currently fulfilling cargo resupply missions to the International Space Station and is on its way to being a leading provider of launch services and an innovator in the aerospace field. [4] In the grand scheme of things, space travel, aerospace and even aviation are very young technologies with vast opportunities for growth. [4] What they do: SpaceX is an aerospace and aviation company creating spacecraft and rocket technology. [4] Fort Collins aerospace company Woodward Inc.’ s purchase of Rolls-Royce fuel injection systems technology company L’Orange is complete. [5]

“If this school serves the purpose of helping to solve the bigger issue we have with shortages in aerospace, we will have done a great service for the country. [3] The focus of the school will be the aerospace industry, but that won?t mean that students will be pigeonholed into a career by the time they leave the school and enter into ninth grade. [3] Barry’s excitement for this new school is palpable when one hears the pilot talk about what it will mean, not just for the aerospace industry but to the students who will fill the classrooms and labs. [3]

“Our students leave BioServe ready to make significant contributions to the space life sciences, bioastronautics, aerospace engineering and many other fields.” [17]

UTC Aerospace Systems employees with the job title Program Manager, Aviation / Aerospace make the most with an average annual salary of $135,000, while employees with the title Assembler make the least with an average annual salary of $24,960. [16] What they do: Slingshot Aerospace works with aerospace system integrators and data providers to offer geospatial insights to both private industries and government. [4]

With 6,800 employees, Woodward Inc. ranks No. 17 on the Denver Business Journal’s list of 2017 Public Companies by Employees. [5] Some popular Colorado Springs employers include U.S. Army, Lockheed Martin Corp, and U.S. Air Force (USAF). [16] When the Colorado Skies Academy takes off in less than two years at the Centennial Airport, the founders hope it will help be the model on how communities across the country and the world can train the next generation to touch the sky and push forward into the unknown. [3] Artist renderings of a possible design for Colorado Skies Academy charter school. [3]

The company has prime contracts and subcontract work at NASA Johnson Space Center and an engineering support contract with The Boeing Company in Clear Lake, Texas, and Huntsville, Alabama, In addition, the company has government contract work in Washington, D.C., Fort Collins, Colorado, Kansas City and St. Louis, Missouri, and Tampa, Florida. [8] Maxar Technologies is the parent holding company of MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates, Ltd., headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Space Systems Loral, headquartered in Palo Alto, California, US; DigitalGlobe, headquartered in Westminster, Colorado, US; and Radiant Solutions, headquartered in Herndon, Virginia, U.S. Maxar Technologies is dual-listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and New York Stock Exchange as MAXR. [19]

General aviation, including business aviation, is a vital contributor to the economy in every state, and in June, the governors of Colorado, Delaware, Idaho, South Dakota and Washington officially recognized the industry for the important role it plays. [6] Although cyber work didn’t add many airmen to Peterson, it did spur growth of a cybersecurity industry, which has boomed in Colorado Springs. [7]

In an effort to keep this important industry cluster vibrant, the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership works on a number of industry initiatives that are important to the vitality and over-all mission of JSC including The Aerospace Advisory Committee, Citizens for Space Exploration, Space Center Volunteers, and Team NASA. [8] Nearly 8,000 contractor employees work in the vicinity of the Johnson Space Center supporting NASA programs and operations for a total aerospace workforce of approximately 11,000. [8]

Headquartered in Houston, Texas, GCS is recognized by the engineering and administrative support services it provides to NASA and its prime aerospace contractors. [8] IM develops commercial products and provides product development and engineering services to the oil & gas, commercial aerospace, and traditional aerospace industries. [8] In addition to its government contracts, SAIC offers a wide range of assurance engineering services to commercial clients in the aerospace, semi-conductor equipment, medical device manufacturing, petrochemical, and offshore drilling technology sectors. [8] Al-Razaq offers professional and technology integration services specializing in operations management and business systems integration for aerospace, energy, and other industries. [8] Aerospace technology permeates many other industries — travel and tourism, logistics, telecommunications, electronics and computing, advanced materials, civil construction, medicine, and defense supply. [8] McCormick Stevenson engineers, develops and tests products and systems on behalf of clients in the aerospace, defense, and homeland security industries. [8] With a rich heritage of hardware and software products plus training and support services, Airbus DS Houston continues to provide quality products and services to meet the stringent needs of aerospace. [8] CYFOR Technologies LLC is an 8(a), Service Disabled Veteran Owned, minority owned, small business providing cyber security, intelligence and engineering services to the aerospace and DOD communities. [8] The dollars spent in procurements, grants to educational institutions and nonprofits and by aerospace employees enhance business development, create jobs and increase the tax base. [8] Founder and CEO Hunt Dabney is guiding the product development company into more manufacturing for its medical and aerospace clients. [10] Dynamic is well-suited for both medical and aerospace: The company has been ISO 9001-certified since 2000 and made significant investments in technology. [10] ARES is a high performance technology solutions provider in the areas of energy, defense, aerospace and infrastructure. [8]

Aerospace has participated in virtually every NSS program since the beginning of the space era. [8] Jennifer works on The Aerospace Corporation’s cutting-edge programs in the fields of virtual and augmented reality, mobile applications, and visualization software. [9]

“The state of South Dakota has a significant interest in the continued vitality of general aviation, aerospace aircraft manufacturing, educational institutions, aviation organizations, community airports and airport operators,” Gov. Dennis Daugaard wrote in his proclamation. [6] AAC also supports the other aerospace committees at BAHEP via company participation and funding. [8] Mission: To promote continuing support and commitment to the space programs and space operations functions being implemented by JSC. The AAC recommends and implements initiatives to support the interests of JSC and the local aerospace community. [8] Barrios Technology, a woman-owned business, specializes in aerospace engineering and science, program planning and control, mission integration and operations, and software engineering and integration. [8] For 30+ years, Barrios has demonstrated their mission to be the foremost small aerospace engineering services company providing extraordinary value to their customers, employees and communities. [8]

J & P Technologies provides contract services for the development, assessment, and support of integrated flight systems, scientific computing, and complex control systems, specifically in the aerospace industry. [8] Purpose: To connect industry leaders to discuss activities in the aerospace community including political events, NASA contracts, future trends, etc. The committee occasionally invites speakers who have relevant information to impart to the group. [8] Purpose: To join all civil and contract employees, families and friends of the Bay Area Houston aerospace community under one banner as we celebrate and demonstrate the generous spirit of our community. [8]

UTC Aerospace Systems is one of the world’s largest suppliers of technologically advanced aerospace and defense products. [8] As a leading producer of carbon fiber reinforcements and resin systems, and the world leader in honeycomb manufacturing for the commercial aerospace industry, we are the strength within hundreds of products offered in multiple markets across the globe. [20]

We also apply more than 55 years of space systems experience to projects in the national interest for civil agencies like NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, commercial companies, universities, and international organizations. [8] Every state, in addition to hundreds of communities throughout the United States, have highlighted general aviation over the years for its contributions to the success of companies and citizens around the country. [6] Logical Innovations? focus on employees and customers has earned it the title of one of “Houston’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For?” and consistently high customer satisfaction ratings. [8]

Government contractors including consulting giant Deloitte also beefed up their cybersecurity presence in Colorado Springs to accompany Space Command’s cyber role. [7] The move also cements Colorado Springs role as the world’s capitol for military space programs. [7] The National Cybersecurity Center opened in 2016 with big plans to make Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region a high-tech hub for cyber defense. [7]

This summer at the Discovery Center in Colorado Springs, the Space Foundation is exploring the fascinating world of spacesuits. [14] Colorado Business Roundtable attended for the second straight year to discuss why locating or investing in Colorado was the right decision. [13]

Let Manufacturer’s Edge help you boost your cyber (and business) resiliency and defend your competitive position within the aerospace and defense supply chain. [13] General Dynamics is a global aerospace and defense company. [21] He manages consulting projects in the commercial and military aircraft field and analyzes broader defense and aerospace trends. [22] When CNBC spoke to Bigelow Aerospace, NanoRacks and Axiom Space in February, none expressed interest in taking over the ISS. Each saw the ISS as a stepping stone to establishing commercial operations in low Earth orbit rather than the foundation on which to build. [12] Boeing was selected in August 1993 as NASA’s primary contractor to develop and build the ISS. The aerospace giant’s space division has continued to provide engineering and management under extended contracts. [12] Our New Generation program, aimed at young aerospace professionals 35 and younger, provides just that. [14]

The ISS “is an integrated spacecraft,” which means all its parts work together, Aerospace Industries Association vice president Frank Slazer told CNBC in February. [12]

None of the companies building private space platforms expressed interest in taking over the ISS when CNBC spoke to company leaders in February. [12] NASA is in a position where companies “can do commercial management of the International Space Station,” NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine tells The Washington Post. [12] NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine is advancing President Donald Trump’s proposal that private companies take over operations of the International Space Station, according to The Washington Post. [12]

The Trump administration in February also proposed a $150 million program to build commercial platforms in orbit, hoping to incentivize private companies develop alternative space stations. [12] Business Roundtable today launched the Workplace Partnership Initiative, creating public-private partnerships to unite CEOs, their companies, and local colleges and universities in support of effective skills development programs. [13] The conference is supported by many of Business Roundtable fortune companies such as Siemens, Lockheed Martin, Citi, and others. [13]

Mr. Zoretich has directed and contributed to projects for the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. intelligence agencies, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Defense Conversion Commission, U.S. Base Realignment Commission, various state government agencies and many private companies including Northrop Grumman, General Dynamics, IBM, TRW, Toyota, GEICO, Ameriprise, Fidelity, Bank of America and Coca-Cola. [22] The three companies have won funding from NASA to develop systems capable of sending astronauts to the ISS, with SpaceX and Boeing scheduled to begin flight tests this year. [12]

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2. (11) In The News

3. (10) The future is bright for the aerospace industry in Colorado – The Villager

4. (10) COLORADO SPACE CADETS: Front Range space school preparing for take-off – Sentinel Colorado

5. (9) NASA talks to companies about taking over International Space Station

6. (6) 9 Aerospace Companies In Los Angeles To Know | Built In Los Angeles

7. (5) In The News

8. (5) Colorado Business Roundtable (COBRT)

9. (5) Space Command at Peterson AFB loses cyber unit – Colorado Politics

10. (4) In June, Five States Highlight Importance of General Aviation

11. (3) Dynamic Design & Manufacturing | Company Week

12. (3) Space Foundation

13. (3) UTC Aerospace Systems Salaries in Colorado Springs, CO | PayScale

14. (2) Latest BioServe space experiments will study cancer, renewable energy | CU Boulder Today | University of Colorado Boulder

15. (2) Aerospace Engineer Jobs in Denver, CO | Glassdoor

16. (2) Aerospace Competitive Economics Study – Teal Group

17. (2) Senior Project Engineer, AFSPC | Colorado Springs, CO

18. (1) Harris

19. (1) Aerospace, engineering, aeronautics news, jobs, trends

20. (1) Maxar Technologies – Wikipedia

21. (1) Hexcel | Composite Materials and Structures

22. (1) General Dynamics |