American Aerospace Manufacturing – NASA Improving Supply Chain

american aerospace manufacturingThe United States aerospace industry is the largest in the world, directly and indirectly employing more than 1,200,000 workers nationwide. The industry’s supply chain is especially unique from other countries due to needs related to aviation safety, national security, and criticality of operations. By the end of 2018, the U.S. aerospace manufacturing industry contributed $151 billion in export sales to the U.S. economy, which gave it a positive trade balance of $88 billion. This was the largest trade surplus of any manufacturing industry in the United States.

In order to strengthen our country’s aerospace supply chain and maintain its high regard, the NASA Aeronautics Research Institute (NARI) will host a workshop focused on a sustainable aerospace supply chain and manufacturing. The event will take place February 4-5, 2020 at NASA Ames Conference Building in Moffett Field, California, and will encompass all fields of the aerospace industry, including hypersonic, supersonic, subsonic, drones of all sizes, electric vertical takeoff and landing, urban air mobility, and aircraft of all sizes.

According to the NARI website, “setting up a supply chain and associated manufacturing requires four major considerations: understanding the future needs of the aerospace industry to correctly meet their demand and growth, ensuring regional manufacturing hubs can transition with new capabilities to meet demands, making sure that academic curriculum will cultivate applicable talent and skills, and encouraging entrepreneurship and businesses of all sizes to meet national needs.”

The workshop has three desired outcomes, as listed on NASA’s overview of the event that can be found here:

  1. Clear identification of national aerospace supply chain and manufacturing current bottlenecks and what is required to meet future needs for large, medium, and smaller size aircraft including drones and eVTOL
  2. Clear identification of capabilities and supply chain and manufacturing assets that can be redeployed or transitioned to identified needs (e.g., from auto industry)
  3. Clear action plan to develop and enrich the national talents and skills to meet future aerospace supply chain and manufacturing needs

A variety of keynote speakers will give presentations, including representatives from the Federal Aviation Agency, NASA, Intel Corporation, and other large players in the aerospace industry.

In addition, there will be discussions on the development of future talent to support the aerospace industry’s growing needs. Attendees should represent U.S.-based original equipment manufacturers of aircraft of all sizes and representatives of U.S.-based academic institutions interested in developing skills and talents to meet national needs.

Visit https://nari.arc.nasa.gov/aerosupplychain for registration and other information on the event.

The Workshop is hosted by NASA Director of Aeronautics Research Institute, Parimal Kopardekar (PK). The objective of this workshop is to bring together stakeholders to define a national strategy to enable a sustainable aerospace supply chain and related manufacturing. The focus will be on the entire aerospace industry, including hypersonic, supersonic, subsonic, drones of all sizes, electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL), urban air mobility (UAM), and aircraft of all sizes. An aerospace supply chain network is unique due to needs related to aviation safety, national security, and criticality of operations.

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