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Aviation and Aerospace

In addition to the presence of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Corridor also claims commercial companies and academic institutions that are joining the space race, with innovative Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), research into advanced satellites and degree programs producing the next generation of rocket scientists.

Ansih Patel
“Florida’s in a very unique position with a longstanding history, NASA, the various military bases, as well as some of the commercial aerospace industry that’s been here. We’ve got a strong foundation for technology, great universities and good high schools that are feeding those universities.”

Anish Patel, President
Radiant Power Corp

From the first commercial airline flight in 1914 to the space shuttle legacy and today’s commercial rocket launches, Florida has a rich tradition in aviation and aerospace. The Corridor region has built upon the resources of the Space Coast to grow a $1.2 billion industry with an average salary of nearly $85,000. With a plethora of companies that boast key aviation projects, the industry is signaling growth and expansion throughout the region.

Aviation and Aerospace at a Glance

  • $1.2 billion industry
  • Average salary of $85,000
  • Boeing, Lockheed Martin, SpaceX and more are in the Corridor

Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Eaton Corporation, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, SpaceX and Aerosonic each has a major presence in the Corridor, along with a host of smaller companies that are pioneering aeronautical engineering, UAV technology and flight robotics. The world watches as commercial launches take place from Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral, marking the future of unmanned spacecraft. SpaceX made history in 2013 with its first commercial satellite launch from Cape Canaveral, the first of many such launches scheduled over the years ahead. Ultimately, NASA intends to use advanced commercial systems to fly astronauts from U.S. soil to space and back.

Powering the development and future of aerospace and aviation are the world-class engineering programs and research centers at the three Corridor universities:  UCF, USF and UF.

Among other organizations dedicated to research in the aerospace industry is the Florida Space Institute, an alliance of schools supporting space research and education including UCF, USF, UF, Florida Institute of Technology, Eastern Florida State College, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University, University of Miami, Florida Atlantic University and Broward College.

Aviation and Aerospace Organizations and Institutes