Key Industries

Aerospace & Aviation


Where Business Takes Flight.

Whether you’re in search of aircraft hangar space or air routes for advanced air mobility, turn to Maryland, a growing mecca for aerospace and aviation. Here you'll also find a dense concentration of aerospace engineering talent, as well as a growing industry sector of more than 9,000 companies. And with several mission-critical federal and military agencies here, the industry’s most sought after customers are just a handshake away.

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Innovation

Maryland excels in uncrewed and autonomous systems

With dedicated facilities, a collaborative environment, and a talented workforce, Maryland has a robust and growing uncrewed vehicle community.

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Maryland excels in uncrewed and autonomous systems

With dedicated facilities, a collaborative environment, and a talented workforce, Maryland has a robust and growing uncrewed vehicle community.

3 Ways Being in Maryland Makes the Difference for Aerospace & Aviation

Maryland businesses have access to one of the busiest and most successful airports on the East Coast (BWI) with plenty of top performing feeder airports surrounding the area (Martin State, Hagerstown, Tipton, Salisbury, Frederick).

Maryland companies have access to the University of Maryland UAS Test Site for aircraft and sensor development; available hangar space at Salisbury Airport specifically developed for UAS operations; and the possibility for coordination with two DoD bases for military uncrewed vehicle development.

Maryland has 74 federal research labs. That’s two times more than any other state. Here, industry innovation is fueled by the high concentration of R&D happening within NASA facilities, as well as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

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Concentration of aerospace engineers (California-Lexington Park)

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Federal obligations for R&D

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MEET OUR INNOVATORS: AIRGILITY

For Airgility to stay at the forefront of autonomy and AI, the best and brightest STEM talent is needed. Its affiliation with a University of Maryland incubator has been crucial to finding the right people.

MEET OUR INNOVATORS: AIRGILITY

For Airgility to stay at the forefront of autonomy and AI, the best and brightest STEM talent is needed. Its affiliation with a University of Maryland incubator has been crucial to finding the right people.

Homegrown Success  

IN GOOD COMPANY.

Meet Maryland-based aerospace and aviation companies playing a significant role in the industry globally.

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The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab is the nation’s largest university affiliated research center.

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Baltimore/Washington International Airport works with more than 30 commuter, charter, and cargo airlines.

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More than 50 Goddard spacecraft, including the Hubble and Webb Space Telescopes, explore Earth and soar through the solar system, collecting observations to be parsed and studied by scientists around the world.

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We greatly appreciate the area’s strong talent pool.

-  Rosemary Chapdelaine, President, Maritime

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The Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site at the University of Maryland stands at the forefront of UAS rulemaking, commercialization, and national airspace integration.

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Textron develops innovative tech solutions, including air, land and sea vehicles. It maintains 195,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing and lab space in Maryland.

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Headquartered in Salisbury, Maryland, Piedmont Airlines operates nearly 400 daily departures to 50+ cities throughout the eastern U.S.

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The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab is the nation’s largest university affiliated research center.

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Baltimore/Washington International Airport works with more than 30 commuter, charter, and cargo airlines.

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More than 50 Goddard spacecraft, including the Hubble and Webb Space Telescopes, explore Earth and soar through the solar system, collecting observations to be parsed and studied by scientists around the world.

Learn More

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We greatly appreciate the area’s strong talent pool.

-  Rosemary Chapdelaine, President, Maritime

Read Expansion Story

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The Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site at the University of Maryland stands at the forefront of UAS rulemaking, commercialization, and national airspace integration.

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Textron develops innovative tech solutions, including air, land and sea vehicles. It maintains 195,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing and lab space in Maryland.

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Headquartered in Salisbury, Maryland, Piedmont Airlines operates nearly 400 daily departures to 50+ cities throughout the eastern U.S.

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Contact Us 

Colter Menke

Aerospace Program Manager, Maryland Department of Commerce

  (443) 388-1169   Colter.Menke@maryland.gov