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All major aspects of U.S. aerospace - air, space, and national defense - continually rely on the investments in research & development for their cutting-edge technologies, products, and applications.

Few other U.S. industries are as heavily dependent on the on-going work in research & development (R&D) as is the aerospace industry. And as a result, few other industries are as reliant on finding and retaining top scientific and professional talent.

This R&D emphasis permeates both the federal agency and commercial business involvement in aerospace.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is the lead federal agency for numerous aeronautics R&D activities and support. NASA partners with industry and academia, as well as other federal, state, regional, and local entities to perform breakthrough research and develop new technologies, to help incorporate these into commercially viable products.

Within the federal sphere, other agencies that support aerospace R&D include:

  • the National Science Foundation (NSF), which funds basic research projects in a wide range of areas;
  • the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which supports research work involving space weather and environment as well as weather satellites and the National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service (NESDIS); and
  • the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which conducts research focusing on aerospace Medical and Human Factors.
Experimental Wing - copyright © 2006 NASA Dryden Flight Research Center - used with permission

Within the corporate sector, most large, mid-sized, and small U.S. aerospace firms are continually engaged in R&D activities.

And when it comes to jobs and careers - the "bottom-line" is that thousands of new scientific, professional, and technical career opportunities open-up in Aerospace Research & Development each year.

The following site has information on research and development. We highlight the sites and the content we think you'll find useful as you explore your career options in this area of aerospace.

For a quick overview of what the site below offers, click the link.

Sources: U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA); U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF); U.S. National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA); U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA); U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA).

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