Aerospace Industry Research and Development

By: Wynnwith

As experienced aerospace professionals will attest, the most important aspect of the industry is research and development. Aerospace firms big and small throughout the world employ designers, jet engineers, and others to work solely in the research and development of new aircraft and aerospace technologies. Research and development departments came about largely because of the military mobilization of the Cold War throughout the world. New aircrafts, military weaponry, and flight technologies were needed to address national security concerns as well as facilitate commercial flight. To this day, research and development departments are key to the success or failure of a firm in the aerospace industry.

One reason why research and development are so crucial in the creation of aircraft is that the competition is fierce within the industry. Thousands of aerospace firms throughout the world are competing in a global market to sell civilian and military aircraft to national governments and major firms. Research and development has been responsible for the creation of new aerospace technologies like the Stealth bomber, satellite flight guidance systems, and the computerization of the modern airport. The narrow margin of success in the aerospace industry and the requirement that all aerospace technology work perfectly means that research and development are key.

Another reason why the aerospace industry thrives with solid research and development is that talented young professionals often find their start or their calling in these areas. Research and development is such a vast and important area of an aerospace firm that larger firms hire hundreds of CAD designers, engineers, and managers to help keep the creative process going. The competition among exceptional young talents in the aerospace industry makes the conceptualization and creation of new technologies an easier process. Companies who can develop a number of new aerospace technologies to roll out over several years can stay ahead of the competition. This can only happen with a bright young workforce.

The final reason that research and development are so important is that excite the imagination of the public, which typically leads to financial and vocal support. Aerospace companies often unveil their newest products, whether it is a new satellite system or a sleek new plane, on the Internet. Those in the public who see demonstrations of these new technologies or read about them become excited at the possibility of aerospace developments in the future. Indeed, the development of a space program in the United States and Europe happened because the aerospace community received massive support from the public. Since the public is the end user of civilian products and a beneficiary of military products, this support is crucial.

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