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in federal contracts secured annually

“With industry-leading aerospace companies, unique federal research and development assets, and an innovative culture second to none, Maryland offers a diverse portfolio of aerospace capabilities. From cutting-edge drone technology in Southern Maryland to the groundbreaking James Webb Space Telescope at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland is a global leader in space science research, advanced avionics development, and unmanned Governor Larry Hogan

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Leading STEM workforce


Putting A&D on the map




A look at Maryland’s indomitable workforce with the nation’s #1 concentration of STEM professionals. From aerospace engineers to cybersecurity specialists, research scientists and satellite technologists, Maryland has the workforce to get the job done.

A bird’s eye view of the state’s impressive array of A&D assets including industry related federal agencies, academic institutions, military facilities, employment clusters and selected aerospace and defense companies.


Unrivaled R&D assets


Foundation of education


Networking and incentives


Your best life starts here

A&D business heavyweights Get to know a diverse representation of Maryland A&D movers and shakers who have pushed the envelope for decades and startups that are stretching the industry landscape with new concepts, technologies and aweinspiring products, projects and missions..

Booming UAS community Maryland is on final approach to become the nation’s center of unmanned systems technology. An ideal mixture of assets: workforce, infrastructure, test sites, RDT&E, manufacturers, industry partners and a supportive business climate are creating a booming community for A&D.

Universal rock star, outer space Maryland scientists and engineers are building spacecraft, devising instruments and developing new technologies to study the Earth, the sun, solar system and universe. The state’s outer space rock stars include the James Webb Space Telescope, New Horizons Mission, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab and a bright constellation of aerospace companies.

Maryland is unique among states for its incomparable collection of R&D assets—with a cluster of more than 60 federal agencies, 20 military installations and 57 universities and colleges—many of them directly or indirectly connected to the study of outer space—impacting the future of our world.

Ranked #2 in the nation as the most educated state, Maryland is home to the University of Maryland, College Park, one of the nation’s pre-eminent public research universities. A leader in aerospace engineering, physics, and earth science, the university secures $560 million annually in external research funding.

Maryland companies can tap into an abundant network of resources that support their business goals, whether it means contracting with the federal government’s military or civilian agencies, or tapping into state-sponsored financing programs or tax credits.

Living in Maryland is about having it all. Award-winning school systems, outstanding health care resources, culturally diverse entertainment, friendly neighborhoods, reasonable living costs, all with access to mountains and beaches and loads of fun activities at each turn..


Leading STEM workforce




concentration of professionals

An aerospace and defense hot spot, Maryland holds the majority of the country’s top aerospace companies and defense contractors.


A global force Fifteen of the world’s top 20 aerospace and defense companies have a presence in Maryland, with Lockheed Martin headquarted in the state. Maryland’s impressive spectrum of assets and resources includes unmanned aircraft systems manufacturers, developers of advanced avionics and control systems for military aircraft, cybersecurity technology leaders and satellite communications specialists. Essential to these activities is the state’s highly educated and skilled workforce and a robust network of federal and private aerospace contractors, all part of the vital supply chain of Maryland’s aerospace and defense industry and the U.S. space program.



concentration of employed doctoral scientists and engineers

Maryland’s STEM-rich workforce is first among the states in the concentration of workers in STEM occupations, second in the concentration of computer information scientists, and is a top ten state in the ratio of female workers in the tech workforce—providing the critical workforce backbone that secures the state as an industry leader in aerospace and defense. A core concentration of scientists and engineers and 74 federal laboratories—more than twice as many as any other state—enriches the extensive network of well-trained technology professionals for Maryland’s 9,020 aerospace and defense establishments.

As a share of total employment, California-Lexington Park, Maryland, had nearly 49 times as many aerospace engineers as the United States as a whole. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Spotlight on Statistics


Major aerospace & defense employers in Maryland Employer


Product / Service

Fort George G. Meade


Military installation; intelligence

Aberdeen Proving Ground


Military installation

Joint Base Andrews Naval Air Facility Washington


Military installation

Naval Air Station Patuxent River


Military installation

Northrop Grumman


Electronic systems

Fort Detrick


Military installation

Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory


R&D systems engineering

Lockheed Martin


Aerospace and electronics

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center


Space research

Note: Numbers are rounded. Employee counts for federal and military facilities exclude contractors to the extent possible; embedded contractors may be included.. Source: Maryland Department of Commerce, June 2017



computer network support specialists



concentration of professional and technical workers

Maryland aerospace employment Location Quotient* Selected Occupation




Computer network support specialists




Aerospace engineers




Computer systems analysts




Software developers, systems software










Electronics engineers, except computer Atmospheric and space scientists

*Location Quotient indicates concentration of the occupation in Maryland, with national average equal to 1.0. Rank indicates Maryland’s rank among the 50 states. Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics, May 2017

Engineer Erin Wilson adds aluminum tape to electrical cables to protect them from the cold during environmental testing of special optical equipment. These tests will verify the alignment of the actual flight instruments that will fly 4

aboard NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope.

Industry Snapshot Aerospace & Defense in Maryland • E  mployment (2016) – 91,140 private sector jobs (132,660 including public sector)

Leading subsectors:  Computer systems design and related services – 66,000 jobs National security – 35,300 jobs R&D in physical, engineering and life sciences – 12,400 jobs • 9  ,020 business establishments (2016) • $  14.65 billion total wages (2016) • $110,410 average salary (2016)) • $33.28 billion gross state product (2015) • $  8.97 billion federal procurement (FY 2016)


Sources: Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation; U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis; U.S. Census Bureau.

Significant federal agencies in Maryland, such as the NSA, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and NIST spawned much of the state’s early technology enterprise and form the foundation of the aerospace, defense and IT industries.


Aerospace & Defense in Maryland (select companies represented)



A&D business heavyweights

9,020 A&D establishments 20 military facilities 60 federal agencies 57 colleges and universities


Pushing the innovation envelope Maryland pushes the envelope of aerospace and defense innovation each and every day. The result is a highly developed supply of thinkers and doers extending the limits of research, design and development of countless jaw-dropping, awe-inspiring inventions. Notable accomplishments include the Hubble Space Telescope and next-in-line James Webb Space Telescope, the GOES-16 environmental satellite, New Horizons Pluto mission, F-35C Joint Strike Fighter, and an impressive sphere of leadingedge aerospace and defense activities and operations.

Lockheed Martin Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security, innovation and aerospace company that employs 100,000 people worldwide. The majority of Lockheed Martin’s business is with the U.S. Department of Defense and federal government agencies. In addition, Sikorsky (a Lockheed Martin company) provides military and rotary-wing aircraft to all five branches of the U.S. armed forces along with military services and commercial operators in 40 nations. The remaining portion of Lockheed Martin’s business is comprised of international government and commercial sales of products, services and platforms.

“SNC IMS specializes in rapid, agile engineering and integration of aircraft, and the Hagerstown area maintains vast resources of individuals who have grown up in the aircraft industry.” Bill Morris, SNC IMS vice president of business development

Sierra Nevada Corp. Sierra Nevada Corp.’s Integrated Mission Systems Division (SNC IMS) division at the Hagerstown, Maryland, airport provides high-tech intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance products and services to clients such as the Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security, as well as select commercial and international customers. IMS products developed in Hagerstown include the U.S. Army’s Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System aircraft, the Airborne Reconnaissance Low aircraft and the Multi-Role Enforcement Aircraft built for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Air and Marine Operations.


The F-35C carrier variant is the Navy’s first stealth fighter and the world’s only fifth-generation, long-range stealth strike fighter designed and built explicitly for carrier operations. Stationed at NAS Patuxent River for testing, the F-35C combines this unique capability of operating from a carrier deck with the unmatched fifthgeneration capabilities of stealth, fused sensors and reliability. Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor, and Northrop Grumman and BAE are principal partners in the project.

Northrop Grumman

BAE Systems Inc.

Northrop Grumman (NG) is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in autonomous systems, cybersecurity, C4ISR, strike and logistics and modernization. NG’s Aerospace Systems sector is a premier provider of military aircraft, autonomous and space systems and next-generation solutions. The company’s Mission Systems is headquartered in Linthicum, Maryland, with nearly 30,000 employees worldwide.

BAE Systems Inc. is the U.S. subsidiary of BAE Systems PLC, the world’s second-biggest defense company. The international defense, aerospace and security company delivers a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and customer support services. Major business lines of BAE Systems Inc. include electronic warfare, sensing and communications equipment; armored vehicles; artillery systems; naval guns and naval ship repair; and cybersecurity and intelligence services.

Boeing The Boeing Co. – the world’s largest aerospace company and America’s largest exporter – assembles commercial airplanes and defense products and also builds aerospace components in the United States. Boeing works with more than 200 businesses in Maryland providing advanced aerospace products and services. With a key role across the aerospace supply chain, Boeing has 11 locations in Maryland supporting an estimated 16,000 direct and indirect jobs in the state.


Rockwell Collins Rockwell Collins’ ARINCDirect™ flight support services, located in Annapolis, Maryland, offers a single, comprehensive suite of services and support for streamlined, flight operations for more than 300 airlines and 150 airports – from takeoff to landing. Across the country and around the globe ARINCDirect flight support services provide bestin-class flight planning, international trip support, cabin connectivity and flight operations management.

Thales Thales Defense & Security Inc. (TDSI) is a global company serving the defense, federal and commercial markets with innovative solutions for the ground tactical, airborne and avionics, naval/maritime, and security domains. In addition to mission-critical communication systems, TDSI, located in Clarksburg, Maryland, provides helmet-mounted displays and motion tracking technologies; SATCOM terminals; advanced sonar systems; air traffic management navigation, surveillance, and simulation; and data protection solutions.

General Dynamics General Dynamics Corp. is a global aerospace and defense company. Mission Systems, a leading integrator of C4ISR systems for land, sea, air, space and cyber defense, is a major focus of the company’s effort to establish a strong presence — including a dozen locations in Maryland — in secure communications systems, command and control systems, imagery sensors and cyber products. General Dynamics designs, integrates and manufactures secure communications systems, including fixed and mobile radio

and satellite communications systems, antenna technologies and broadband networking. The company developed the Army’s backbone mobile communications network, WIN-T, providing tactical voice and data communications to soldiers anywhere on the battlefield.

Raytheon Raytheon Co., with 2017 sales of $25 billion and 64,000 employees, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity solutions. With a history of innovation spanning 96 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration, C5ITM products and services, sensing, effects, and mission support for customers in more than 80 countries. Department 13 International Ltd. has partnered with Raytheon to market and support existing counterdrone technologies and co-develop new capabilities. Raytheon has seven locations in Maryland, including Aberdeen Proving Ground.


Booming UAS community

WalletHub’s state innovation 2018 index Maryland is second among the states in WalletHub’s Innovation Index 2018. WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 22 key indicators of innovation-friendliness. The data set ranges from share of STEM professionals to R&D spending per capita to techcompany density. See how Maryland stacks up.

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Maryland unmanned innovation Maryland’s UAS community is rapidly building capacity to become the nation’s center of unmanned systems technology. A concentrated mixture of ready and available assets includes workforce, infrastructure, test sites, research, development, testing and evaluation, manufacturers, industry partners and a supportive business climate that continues to invest in the UAS community. Commercial and federal assets includes a legion of UAS experts with a history of designing and manufacturing larger UAS for military markets, extending that knowledge to create a booming commercial cluster of UAS innovation.

Textron Systems UAS and CUSV Textron Systems, based in Hunt Valley, Maryland, has been designing, manufacturing, operating and supporting some of the world’s most reliable and trusted multi-mission unmanned aircraft since the 1980s. The company is widely known for its all-digital, multi-mission Shadow® RQ-7Bv2, with 1 million flight hours, and the larger Nightwarden™ TUAS, with a 130-plus pounds payload capacity and 18 hours of endurance. Textron Systems Unmanned Systems lineup also includes a Common Unmanned Surface Vehicle for use in maritime patrol and critical infrastructure security.

“We moved to Maryland because of the location and the resources. The team here in Maryland has been exceptional to us—from the State level, to the Howard County level, to the Maryland tech councils. These groups and organizations are probusiness.” Jonathan Hunter, Department 13 CEO and chairman

Department 13 Located in Columbia, Maryland, Department 13 is at the forefront of counterdrone technology with its MESMER® software, capable of distinguishing between safe drones and malicious drones. MESMER is a unique, patented, lowpower, non-jamming, non-line-of sight, non-kinetic drone mitigation solution that provides a safe and effective method of protecting personnel and infrastructure from dangerous drones. The key differentiator for MESMER® is its ability to manipulate weaknesses in all digital radio protocols. Counterdrone technology includes detection, identification and mitigation for surveillance of airports, prisons, stadiums and other critical infrastructure.


UAV Solutions UAV Solutions, located in Jessup, Maryland, has been designing, developing and manufacturing unmanned systems and subcomponents since 2006. The company sells a line of multirotor and fixed wing aircraft for military and commercial use. UAVS’ systems and vehicles are manufactured to today’s highest standards in its ISO 9001:2008 certified manufacturing facility. The company’s Phoenix ACE XL, an H-frame configuration, is designed to carry a heavy lift camera, medical supplies or packages for delivery and to be operated by the UAVS Tactical Ground Control System or Mission Control Module.

Maxtena Located in Rockville, Maryland, Maxtena antennas empower customers to develop unparalleled solutions for Global Navigation Satellite Systems, Terrestrial and Satellite Machine-to-Machine, and Mobile Satellite Services applications. The company designs and manufactures advanced antenna solutions based on a patented Dynamic Aperture Technology, an innovative platform designed for building a new generation of low-cost user terminals that will enable higher data throughputs, stronger link integrity, and lower power consumption for aerial, maritime and land


mobile communications. The platform allows for low-cost, small-size, and low-weight applications, ideal for high-data terminals for UAVs and other aeronautical platforms. Other applications include mobile satellite communications on the move, including land, aerial, maritime and radar and direction finding systems.

Intelligent Automation Inc. Rockville, Maryland-based Intelligent Automation Inc. conducts research and develops cutting-edge air traffic management tools for both NASA and the FAA to solve NextGen design and analysis problems in the aviation community, including research into all aspects of Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) impact studies regarding communication, loss of separation, and UAS vehicle modeling. UAS-Max is a UAS demand forecast generation tool that provides NASA stakeholders with sample datasets that can be used to model and study the impact of UAS flights in controlled airspace. UAS-Max provides users with critical data, such as mission characteristics, mission-specific demand estimates, aircraft types, flight routes, departure/ arrival airports and other flight plan data. The enormous dataset is commercially available to anyone planning drone operations.

Southern Maryland UAS cluster is HOT Alaris Unmanned Systems A veteran-owned small business located in Lusby, Maryland, Alaris UAS is a network of professionals actively engaged in shaping the UAS industry, including integration needs in the commercial market. Alaris provides expertise in manned and unmanned aviation, engineering, aircraft systems integration, operation testing, and business strategies. With knowledge of airspace integration challenges, both domestic and internationally, the company is able to work closely with the FAA in expanding the typical Certificate of Authorization boundaries.

Platform Aerospace Another service-disabled, veteran-owned small business, Platform Aerospace, is located in Hollywood, Maryland, six miles from NAS PAX River, enabling close coordination with flight clearance officials during the lifecycle of projects. Specializing in rapid prototyping, Platform Aerospace provides mechanical engineering expertise to customers requiring concept, design, development and fabrication of mechanical systems, components and prototypes. The Platform Aerospace machine shop and manufacturing facility includes over 10,000 square feet of dedicated parts fabrication and production capacity and features leading-edge fabrication, shaping and cutting systems, producing aerospace-quality carbon fiber

NAVMAR Applied Sciences Corp.

composites, aluminum, steel, titanium parts and integrated

NAVMAR Applied Sciences Corp, based in Lexington Park,

component assemblies. Plaltform experience spans fixed wing,

Maryland, designs, develops and manufactures unmanned

airships, rotocraft, ground-based systems and UAS (TigerShark,

aircraft systems for DOD Intelligence, Surveillance and

Scan Eagle).

Reconnaissance missions. Tiger Shark, NASC’s RQ-23A UAS, has over 125,000 hours in support of international operations in remote theaters, while its Advanced Acoustics Services supports the U.S. Navy’s efforts to detect underwater threats such as submarines, unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) and mines. NASC personnel have been involved with the development of every sonobuoy in the fleet for over 50 years.

Ausley Associates Celebrating 20 years in business, Ausley Associates, located in Lexington Park, Maryland, began as a small veteran-owned business with a focus on unmanned aircraft systems and fighter aircraft acquisition and engineering. Today, Ausley leverages state-of-the-art military Unmanned Aircraft Systems technology to solve commercial sector problems—from


agricultural analysis and planning to infrastructure inspections,

AVIAN, a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business

security solutions, and humanitarian project planning and

founded by retired U.S. Navy test pilots, is headquartered in

management— effectively and affordably. An FAA-selected

Lexington Park, Maryland. Rooted in testing and evaluation,

Center of Excellence for UAS, Ausley is also a partner in the

AVIAN also provides traditional classroom instruction and

Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Association’s Humanitarian

electronically enhanced training opportunities for government

Emergency Logistics Program, which provides routine and

and commercial clients, and offers a broad range of niche

emergency medical care to the Republic of Ghana through

expertise to more than 20 NAVAIR program offices and 10

a network of regional medical centers. Ausley managed the

prime contracts with NAVAIR, Naval Sea Systems Command

export of donated materials and medical supplies to Ghana

and the Office of Naval Research. The company achieved

through the Port of Baltimore and Baltimore/Washington

the first helicopter unmanned air vehicle landing onboard

International Thurgood Marshall Airport, the largest

a littoral combat ship, the first dual air vehicle flight from a

deployment using UAS systems for humanitarian efforts.

single control station, and the first laser-guided rocket shot from a helicopter unmanned air vehicle. AVIAN also tests and operates the MQ-4C Triton, the MQ-8B Fire Scout and the RQ21 Blackjack UAS systems at NAVAIR.

Southern Maryland Tech Port is one of the fastest growing tech hubs in Maryland. Known as Tech Port at the Airport, it fuels tech entrepreneurship by fostering an inclusive and collaborative ecosystem in Southern Maryland. Partnering with the U.S. Navy and TEDCO, the 6,000-square-foot incubator is located near the St. Mary’s County Regional Airport, within 10 miles of NAS PAX River. With an eye toward aviation technology commercialization, the incubator will accommodate startup companies using technologies developed at regional Navy labs. Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division and Naval Research Lab are given preference. 15

State investment through University of Maryland UMD UAS Test Site Partners With NOAA UMD is partnering with NOAA to determine if drones can be used to validate satellite data more efficiently. Drones offer the potential to collect more data over a wider region in less time and at lower cost. A series of tests at the UMD UAS Test Site confirmed that the Phoenix ACE XL and Talon 120E, both manufactured by UAV Solutions in Jessup, Maryland, could orbit a precise point and collect sensor data at exact altitudes, two criteria vital to any validation effort. The team also successfully tested whether the systems could hover stably and maneuver in a straight line while maintaining altitude.

F3 Fearless Flight Facility UMD James A. Clark School of Engineering has the only university outdoor flight laboratory for testing Unmanned Aircraft Systems in the D.C.-Maryland-Virginia region. F3 serves as a catalyst for innovation in the areas of flight control, sensing, autonomy, collaboration, and counterUAS. The netted 100-foot-wide, 300-foot-long, and 50-foot-


high facility provides real-world weather conditions, but is considered indoors by the Federal Aviation Administration and thus not subject to weather or airspace restrictions. F3 also serves as a critical nexus between the Clark School of Engineering’s College Park labs and the UAS Test Site in Maryland’s St. Mary’s County.

“Both the successful testing at Crisfield as well as the planned work with the TigerSharks are part of an increasing collaboration between the government, industry and academia. We hope to use the collaboration to provide capabilities to the warfighter faster and cheaper by leveraging commercial activities.” Stephen Kracinovich, director of NAWCAD Autonomy Strategy

UMD UAS Test Site Partners With NAWCAD Naval robotics engineers remotely operated a bomb disposal robot using radio signals relayed from a UMD unmanned aircraft vehicle soaring more than a mile overhead—the highest altitude test conducted by the UAS Test Site since launching in 2015. Military personnel rely on the Man Transportable Robotic System—better known as Packbot—to identify and clear explosive devices encountered in the field. With traditional radio technology, operators must stay within hundreds of feet of the vehicle, where they are vulnerable to harm from surrounding explosives. The UAS Test Site, along with partners from NAWCAD and NSWC Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division, are working on a configuration that could extend the safety buffer to tens of miles. Another phase of testing using UMD’s larger, more complex TigerShark vehicle is slated for late spring 2018.

Department of Transportation will enter into agreements with state, local and tribal governments to establish innovation zones for testing complex UAS operations and to attempt different models for integrating drones into local airspace. Maryland, in partnership with the University of Maryland and business partners around the state, is an applicant to participate in this program. Using existing federal authorities, the program will accelerate testing of currently restricted UAS operations – such as beyond-visualline-of-sight flights and flights over people. This program will: • O  pen the skies for the delivery of life-saving medicines and commercial packages, inspections of critical infrastructure, support for emergency management operations, and surveys of crops for precision agriculture applications.

Accelerating Drone Integration

• A  llow testing of new UAS traffic management systems and detection and tracking capabilities, which are needed to fully integrate UAS operations into the national airspace system.

The FAA’s Integrated Pilot Program will accelerate drone integration into the national airspace system with a new regulatory framework that encourages innovation while ensuring airspace safety. Under this pilot program, the

• Increase the number and complexity of UAS operations across the nation, and help in the development of a national aviation regulatory framework that can fuel American leadership in unmanned aviation.


aerospace and defense businesses generate



Universal rock star, outer space


GOES-16, previously known as GOES-R, is the first of the GOES-R series of Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES) operated by NOAA. It provides atmospheric and surface measurements of Earth’s Western Hemisphere for weather forecasting, severe storm tracking, space weather monitoring and meteorological research. 18

Out of this world Maryland scientists and engineers are building spacecraft, devising instruments and developing new technologies to study the Earth, the sun, solar system and universe, revolutionizing what we know about our universe and helping to unlock mysteries of our planet. Next on deck in 2019, the latest rock star, the James Webb Space Telescope — home base, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland.

James Webb Space Telescope The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is NASA’s next great multipurpose observatory and will be the world’s most powerful space telescope ever built, serving thousands of astronomers worldwide. The 21-foot diameter infraredoptimized telescope is designed to study an extremely wide range of astrophysical phenomena: the first stars and galaxies that formed; the atmospheres of nearby planets outside our solar system, known as exoplanets; and objects within our own solar system. Webb is an international project led by NASA with the European Space Agency and Canadian Space Agency. JWST will complement and extend the discoveries of the Hubble Space Telescope. Set to launch in 2019 with enough power to detect a bumblebee on the moon, the completed $8.8 billion JWST will also be able to see the universe as it was 13 billion years ago.

New Horizons Mission Planetary exploration is a historic endeavor and a major focus of NASA. Its New Horizons satellite was designed to help us understand worlds at the edge of our solar system by making the first reconnaissance of Pluto and Charon -- a “double planet” and the last of the traditional planets to be visited by spacecraft. Then, as part of an extended mission, New Horizons visited the Kuiper Belt beyond Neptune. The mission to the Pluto system and the Kuiper Belt explored the mysterious, icy worlds at the edge of our solar system to tell us about the origin and evolution of our planetary neighbors. After a 3-billion-mile, decade-long journey through our solar system, New Horizons made its closest approach to Pluto on July 14, 2015, about 7,750 miles above the surface—roughly the same distance from New York to Mumbai, India—making it the first-ever space mission to explore a world so far from Earth.


Space partners


Hughes Network Systems

The definition of aerospace considers Earth’s atmosphere and outer space as a single realm, thereby encompassing both aircraft (aero) and spacecraft (space). However, the Kármán line, which lies at an altitude of 100 km (62 miles) above Earth’s sea level, commonly represents the boundary between Earth’s atmosphere and outer space.

Hughes Network Systems LLC, headquartered in Germantown, Maryland, is the global leader in broadband satellite technology and services for home and office. Its flagship high-speed satellite Internet service is HughesNet®, the world’s largest satellite network. The company’s HughesON® managed network services provide complete connectivity solutions employing an optimized mix of satellite and terrestrial technologies. The JUPITER™ System is the world’s most widely deployed High-Throughput Satellite platform by leading providers, operating on more than 20 satellites.

Northrop Grumman M-SAT Northrop Grumman’s Maryland Space Assembly and Test (M-SAT) facility is adjacent to Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. The 25,000 square-foot building is designed to handle space payload integration programs and will feature the largest clean room facility on the company’s Baltimore campus, a three-storyhigh bay area that will house operations for space programs. The building will house up to 80 engineers and technicians working on space systems assembly, integration and testing, including lab space for testbed development and testing.

a.i. solutions Founded in 1996, a.i. solutions is a small-business provider of innovative mission-critical products and services that enable uninterrupted and reliable access to space. Located in Lanham, Maryland, a.i. solutions’ services and products span space mission engineering, missile defense systems assurance, launch vehicle services, cyber and information assurance and the FreeFlyer® astrodynamics software. In 2017, a.i. solutions received a prestigious NASA certificate awarded to any combination of government and/or nongovernment individuals for an outstanding group accomplishment that has contributed substantially to NASA’s mission. A.i. solutions received the award for its work as part of NASA Headquarters Emergency Management Team.

Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies (SGT) has over 20 years of experience supporting space and Earth missions supporting the entire life cycle of mission operations, space systems, ground systems, extravehicular activity, satellite operations, and other related services including multiple contracts in the GIS and geospatial realms, particularly within the federal marketplace. Headquartered in Greenbelt, Maryland, SGT is a recipient of the George M. Low Award, NASA’s premier quality and performance award for NASA contractors. (SGT was acquired by KBRWyle in March 2018).


Orbit Logic Orbit Logic, located in Greenbelt, Maryland, specializes in mission planning and scheduling solutions for aerospace and geospatial intelligence. Company services are available to configure, customize, and integrate Orbit Logic’s mobile, web-based, desktop and flight software applications to provide turnkey operational solutions. Orbit Logic was selected by Kratos Defense Systems for software and services, including Orbit Logic’s STK Scheduler software, to modernize and enhance the scheduling solution for the NASA Wallops Atmospheric Sciences Research Facility Smallsat Ground Station.

Adcole Maryland Aerospace Adcole Maryland Aerospace unifies traditional space and new space product lines to serve a wider range of aerospace applications that includes Small Satellite and CubeSat components, and end-to-end space systems. The company is also a supplier of radiation-hardened and high-reliability sun sensors for hundreds of low Earth orbits, geostationary Earth orbits and interplanetary space missions. The Kestrel Eye satellite, built by Adcole Maryland Aerospace, launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, in August 2017, as part of a cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station. The Kestral Eye imaging satellite, is the first on-orbit demonstration of an envisioned Department of Defense constellation that may someday provide enhanced situational awareness to users on the ground through direct communications with tactical satellites under theater control. The company has two locations, one in Crofton, Maryland.

Orbital ATK A global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, Orbital ATK designs, builds and delivers space, defense and aviation-related systems to customers around the world both as a prime contractor and as a merchant supplier. The company’s main products include space launch vehicles

and related propulsion systems; satellites and associated components and services; composite aerospace structures; tactical missiles, subsystems and defense electronics; and precision weapons, armament systems and ammunition. The Cygnus spacecraft, a resupply mission to the International Space Station, was launched from Wallops Flight Facility in 2017. Orbital ATK has four locations in Maryland; Orbital ATK Defense Systems Group, Baltimore; Space Systems, Beltsville; Missile Products, Elkton; and Technical Systems, Greenbelt.

Science and Technology Corp. Founded in 1979, with two locations in Maryland, Science and Technology Corp. delivers an extensive range of awardwinning advanced scientific, engineering and technical

support services to U.S. government and industry customers. Company expertise and experience span the areas of aerospace engineering, earth and atmospheric sciences, defense range and test, defense chemical and biological research, electronic/metal/composite and hardware assembly and fabrication, and naval architecture.

L3 Technologies A leading provider of a broad range of communication, electronic and sensor systems used on military, homeland security and commercial platforms, L3 Technologies employs approximately 31,000 people worldwide. A prime contractor in aerospace systems, security and detection systems, and pilot training, the company reported 2017 sales of $9.6 billion. L3 has two locations in Maryland.



aerospace and defense companies are located in Maryland


Unrivaled R&D assets


Unique among the states Maryland is unique among states for its incomparable collection of R&D assets—with a cluster of more than 60 federal agencies, 20 military installations and 57 universities and colleges—many of them directly or indirectly connected to the study of outer space—impacting the future of our world. Activities from many of these facilities fuel the increasingly dynamic growth of Maryland companies in a wide variety of industries, providing countless collaborative and market opportunities for domestic and international businesses.

Major contributors NASA Goddard Space Flight Center NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland, is the nation’s largest organization of scientists, engineers and technologists who build spacecraft, instruments and new technology — from tiny satellites that fit in the palm of your hand to high-profile flagship missions to study Earth, the sun, our solar system and the universe. Home to Hubble operations and the upcoming James Webb Space Telescope, Goddard has built and operated more Earth science research satellites than any other institution in the world. NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Wallops Flight Facility (WFF), established in 1945, is NASA’s premier location for conducting research using suborbital vehicles — aircraft, scientific balloons and sounding rockets. The Wallops launch center supports regional activity and is the only commercially accessible facility with access to the Mid-Atlantic Test Range Warning Area. The facility’s partnership with the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport expands the facility’s capabilities in supporting the launch of orbital vehicles. More than 16,000 suborbital and orbital missions have been launched from WFF.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

#3 in R&D intensity #1 among the states in federal obligations for R&D ($16.8 billion) 350 federal, academic and private research centers in Maryland Johns Hopkins University APL had 355 inventions disclosed and 16 U.S. patents issued in 2017

Headquartered in Silver Spring, Maryland, NOAA enriches life through science, reaching from the surface of the sun to the depths of the ocean to keep citizens informed of the changing environment around them. NOAA’s 6,773 scientists and engineers use cutting-edge research and high-tech instrumentation to provide daily weather forecasts, severe storm warnings and climate monitoring to fisheries management, coastal restoration and supporting marine commerce.


Maryland Officials at the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) announced a $255.3 million contract agreement with Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems (San Diego) for three additional MQ-4C Triton unmanned aerial vehicles. The MQ-4C Triton UAV—built for the U.S. Navy based on the Global Hawk UAS—enables users to perform real-time intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance over immense ocean and coastal regions. The Triton carries a suite of mission sensors that provide 360-degree coverage. The unmanned aircraft can fly over 24 hours at a time, can reach altitudes higher than 10 miles, and has an operational range of 8,200 nautical miles.

Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab The nation’s largest university affiliated research center, JHU APL is an independent, nonprofit organization that conducts essential research, development and systems engineering to support national security needs. Research covers a wide range with four main sponsored areas of work: air and missile defense, asymmetric operations, force projection, and space science. JHU APL’s diversified portfolio has more than 600 engineering, research and development programs. With a portfolio of more than 1,100 cutting-edge inventions and an experienced licensing staff, APL’s Office of Technology Transfer offers business-and industry-streamlined access to the technological innovations made at the laboratory.

Army Research Lab The U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) of the Army Research Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM) is the Army’s corporate, or central, laboratory. Its diverse assortment of unique facilities and dedicated workforce of government and private sector partners make


up the largest source of world-class integrated research and analysis in the Army. Headquartered at the Adelphi Laboratory Center in Adelphi, Maryland, ARL’s largest single site is at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. One project, among many, has researchers at ARL working with the Marines to develop 3-D printed drones as materials science, aviation technology and software development merge to deliver new capabilities.

Naval Air Station Patuxent River Naval Air Station Patuxent River, also known as NAS Pax River, located in St. Mary’s County, Maryland, on the Chesapeake Bay near the mouth of the Patuxent River. NAS Pax River is also the location for Headquarters, Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School, and the Atlantic Test Range, and serves as a center for testing and evaluation and systems acquisition relating to naval aviation.

Naval Air Systems Command Headquartered at NAS Pax River, NAVAIR provides full lifecycle support of naval aviation aircraft, weapons and systems operated by sailors and Marines. This support includes research, design, development and systems engineering; acquisition; test and evaluation; training facilities and equipment; repair and modification; and in-service engineering and logistics support.

Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division A division of NAVAIR, NAWCAD is the Navy’s principal RDT&E, engineering and fleet support activity for naval aircraft, engines, avionics, support systems and ship/shore/air integration. Key features include: • 6  65 structures on 13,812 acres, with 10 hangars and five runways


Maryland is home to a number of aviation firsts: the first manned balloon ascent in the Western Hemisphere in 1784, the first aircraft carrier used during the Civil War, the first airport and flight school at College Park, and the first commuter airline.

• 2  ,700 square miles of Patuxent Special Use Airspace to 85,000 feet • A  ccess to more than 50,000 square miles of additional offshore air and sea space


Foundation of education

#1 in the nation with 16 National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense education and research #2 most-educated state #2 nationally in the percentage of high school seniors who scored at the mastery level on Advanced Placement (AP) exams #3 in percentage of population with bachelor’s degrees or higher 26

Making the grade University of Maryland The University of Maryland, College Park is the state’s flagship university and one of the nation’s pre-eminent public research universities. A global leader in research, entrepreneurship and innovation, the university has a $1.9 billion operating budget, and secures $560 million annually in external research funding. The University of Maryland is ranked No. 20 among public universities and No. 25 overall for most innovative schools by U.S. News & World Report, as well as and No. 14 among public universities by Forbes. The University of Maryland, College Park has a top ten ranking in undergraduate aerospace engineering and has 48 graduate programs ranked in the Top 25 by U.S. News & World Report. Top 10 listings include: • Physics: Atomic/Molecular/Optical, Plasma, Quantum • Information Science: Information Systems • Earth Science: Geo chemistry

UMD A. James Clark School of Engineering The University of Maryland’s A. James Clark School of Engineering is ranked among the best in the world. Located just a few miles from Washington, D.C., the Clark School is at the center of a constellation of high-tech companies and federal laboratories, offering students and faculty access to unique professional advancement opportunities with industry and government partners. The Clark School is leading research advancements in aerospace, bioengineering, robotics, nanotechnology, disaster resilience, energy and sustainability, and cybersecurity.

Glenn L. Martin Wind Tunnel Founded in 1929, the Glenn L. Martin Wind Tunnel, a Clark School of Engineering facility, is used in aerodynamic research and development of “almost anything that moves in air and water.” The state-of-theart low-speed wind tunnel is large enough to perform extensive development tests for a wide range of vehicles and other systems, and is well-suited for conducting major research efforts in low-speed aerodynamics and hydrodynamics. More than 1,500 projects includes helicopter, submarine, automobile and sailboat design testing and development.


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UMD Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center ESSIC represents a two-decade collaboration between UMD and NASA Goddard that includes world-class research in meteorology, oceanography, terrestrial physics, hydrology, atmospheric chemistry, ecosystem science and satellite Earth observations. The broad goal of ESSIC is to understand the relationships between Earth’s atmosphere, oceans, land masses and biosphere, with an eye to the influence of human activities on Earth’s coupled systems.

University of Maryland, Eastern Shore The Department of Engineering and Aviation Sciences at UMES, Princess Anne, offers a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering with specialization in aerospace, computer, electrical, or mechanical. The department also offers a Bachelor of Science program in aviation sciences with concentrations in aviation electronics, aviation management, aviation software or professional pilot. Laboratories in the department, include a flight

simulator and are equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentations, developmental hardware and software tools for teaching and research.

Capitol Technology University At Capitol Technology University, located in Laurel, Maryland, students in the astronautical engineering program, with a CubeSat focus, learn to become NASA mission specialists. Students have the opportunity to be placed in co-op positions and internships at the nearby NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

Universities Space Research Association Headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, USRA works across a wide spectrum of disciplines. From biomedicine to astrophysics, from basic research to facility management and operations, USRA supports the study of the universe from ground, airborne and orbiting observatories; the study of Earth from space-based platforms; the development of advanced technologies for complex spacecraft; the human exploration of space by astronauts and much more. In FY 2016, more than 380 universities were directly involved in USRA activities.

University of Maryland receives $219.5 million donation from the A. James and Alice B. Clark Foundation—the largest in its history.



Glenn L. Martin, one of the nation’s first aviation pioneers, built one of the leading airplane manufacturing companies in the nation and mentored countless future aviation manufacturers: William Boeing, Donald Douglas, Lawrence Bell and James S. McDonnell. Martin was also pivotal in developing an aerospace engineering program at the University of Maryland and provided multiple gifts to the university. Today, this endowment is a major source of research funding for the A. James Clark School of Engineering.


Networking and incentives Maryland companies can tap into an abundant network of resources that support their business goals, whether it means contracting with the federal government’s military or civilian agencies, or tapping into state-sponsored financing programs or tax credits.

Maryland Defense Network A secure, powerful, and free online tool, fueled by millions of federal agency transactions and thousands of defense vendor profiles, the Maryland Defense Network maps defense spending within the state. MDN allows defense agency buyers and small-business officials to identify small and large Maryland vendors based on multiple criteria. It identifies Maryland defense companies eligible for the Maryland Defense Diversification Assistance Program and supplies Maryland vendors with information to find contracting and subcontracting opportunities and partnerships.

Maryland Defense Diversification Assistance Program Maryland Commerce implemented Phase 2 of its federally funded Office of Economic Adjustment grant to support defense diversification. For qualified participants, the MDDA program helps to prepare contractors for entry into new commercial markets both domestically and internationally; provides highly customized, no-cost training opportunities in export assistance and skill building to sell to commercial markets; and may be subsidized for consulting services of up to $10,000.

Business to Government Maryland is home to 20 military installations with hundreds of commands, more than 60 federal agencies and 16 of the nation’s top 20 federal contractors. Maryland’s Government Contracting Guide provides a comprehensive resource for businesses new to government contracting and those looking to expand their federal, state or local contracting activities. The guide is available for download on the Department of Commerce website.

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More Jobs for Marylanders—Manufacturing Tax Credit More Jobs for Marylander’s Incentive Program provides tax incentives tied to job creation for a 10-year period, encourages additional investment in new equipment through accelerated and bonus depreciation, and helps to strengthen Maryland’s workforce.

Hire Our Veterans Tax Credit The Hire Our Veterans employer tax incentive program provides up to $1,800 in state income tax credits to small businesses each time they hire a qualified veteran. Small businesses are able to earn tax credits for each veteran they hire, up to five veterans per year.

Job Creation Tax Credit Businesses that create a minimum number of new full-time positions may be entitled to state income tax credits of up to $3,000 per job or up to $5,000 per job in a “revitalization area.” Businesses engaged in an eligible activity must create at least 60 new full-time jobs in a 24-month period; this is reduced to 25 new jobs in a JCTC Priority Funding Area, and reduced to 10 new full-time jobs in certain targeted counties.

Employer Security Clearance Costs Incentive Tax Credit A business may qualify for a 50% tax credit up to $200,000 for costs related to constructing or renovating a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) and up to $500,000 for multiple SCIFs. In addition, a qualified small

business that performs security based contracting in Maryland may be eligible for a tax credit up to $200,000 for the first year of rental payments for spaces leased in Maryland.

Research and Development Tax Credit Businesses that have qualified R&D expenditures in Maryland may qualify for two state income tax credits: the Basic R&D Tax Credit and the Growth R&D Tax Credit. The Basic R&D Tax Credit benefit is 3 percent of eligible R&D expenses that do not exceed the Maryland Base Amount. If the total credits applied for exceed $5.5 million, the business’s Basic Tax Credit is prorated. The Basic R&D Tax Credit is 10 percent of eligible R&D expenses in excess of the Maryland Base Amount. If the total credits applied for exceed $6.5 million, the business’s Growth R&D Tax Credit is prorated.


Maryland ranks second per capita among the states and fourth in dollar value of federal government contracts, totaling $30.7 billion. For Department of Defense contracts, the state ranks third per capita among states and fifth in total dollar value with $13.1 billion.


Your best life starts here. What does a well-rounded life look like to you? In Maryland, it looks like an award-winning school system and reasonable living costs. One that allows you to take to the mountains one day and hit the beaches the next, and one that provides for culturally diverse entertainment. It looks like outstanding healthcare resources, and an abundance of family-friendly neighborhoods and up-and-coming cities.




 MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME — the highest in the nation



Cost of living index just 65% of San Francisco-San Jose area, 78% of Boston, and 51% of NYC

Less than one hour’s drive to federal customers and regulators in DC

BEST hospital system in the nation

hour train ride to New York on Amtrak’s Acela Express



greenest metro area, according to Business Facilities

small cities among WalletHub.com’s Most Diverse Cities in America






among small cities in Money’s Best Places to Live

in Livability.com’s Best Places to Raise a Family



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