Forging Resiliency for the Future

The Aerospace Corporation’s 2020 Annual Report spotlights the accomplishments and breakthroughs that strengthen our value as the nation’s trusted partner for space.
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Navigating Through the Perfect Storm

In a year of unprecedented change, The Aerospace Corporation continued to deliver the trusted technical expertise and objective analysis that have defined our company for more than 60 years, supporting our customers across the space enterprise as they work to advance our nation’s leading role in space.
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Resilience Through COVID-19 and the New Normal

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Aerospace continued to deliver for our customers by adapting with resilience, innovation and velocity, overcoming unprecedented challenges to ensure mission success while prioritizing the health and wellbeing of our people.

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AEHF-6: Aerospace Rapidly Adapts for COVID-19 to Support Space Force’s First Launch

Aerospace exercised our comprehensive launch verification process to augment ULA’s internal mission assurance process to ensure success for the U.S. Space Force’s inaugural flight.
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New COVID-19 Norms Foster Agile Smallsat Innovation

As a result of COVID-19, Aerospace engineers have pioneered new, innovative means of accomplishing laser alignment communications remotely, in compliance with new health safety guidelines.
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How Aerospace is Shaping the Workplace of the Future

Aerospace has embarked on an effort to envision how our future workforce will operate and the tools, training and support we’ll need to accomplish our mission.
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Aerospace 60th Anniversary

History of Aerospace Timeline

Aerospace was incorporated on June 3, 1960 during the dawn of the space age and our early years were defined by the ambitious projects that continue to shape the space enterprise today. This interactive timeline allows you to take a journey through our rich history and proud legacy of technical excellence and commitment to mission success as the nation’s trusted partner.

Support Where It's Needed Most

Aerospace works side by side with our customers wherever they are, staffing two dozen locations across 11 states, anchored by our two largest campuses, in El Segundo, Calif., and Chantilly, Va. This past year saw growth across Aerospace’s network of campuses, including continued expansion at our Colorado Springs, Colo., Albuquerque, N.M., and Huntsville, Ala., locations.
Shaping the Future
Mission Success
Outpacing the Threat
Innovation

The Brightest Minds of Today

Solving the nation’s hardest problems means recruiting and retaining the brightest minds available.

Our collective expertise spans fields from math, chemistry, and physics to mechanical, aeronautical, and electrical engineering, drawn from private industry, academia, and government talent pools. More than two-thirds of Aerospace’s technical staff holds an advanced degree, with 780 holding a Ph.D. in their respective fields.

Together, Aerospace’s technical staff have an average of 26 years of technical experience, with many finding a long-term home with the company to grow their careers and maximize their impact.

Commitment to Our People

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Aerospace's Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Aerospace’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) and Executive Diversity Council established a new strategic framework to augment and reinforce our efforts in creating long-lasting impact for a diverse and inclusive workplace where our people are empowered to bring their best selves to collaborate and create the best solutions for our customers.
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Effecting Change Through the Aerospace Committee for Equality

The Aerospace Committee for Equality (ACE) is leading our holistic effort that spans across the enterprise to address six critical Focus Areas: Recruitment, Representation, Retention, Education and Training, K-12 STEM Outreach and Community Outreach.
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Keeping Our People Safe Against COVID-19

Commitment to our people is a pillar of Aerospace's values. During the COVID-19 pandemic, our leaders took critical steps to prioritize the safety and wellbeing of our employees as we continued to deliver on the mission.
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  • Whether it was adapting to remote offices at home or working safely onsite for mission essential business in support of our customers, Aerospace employees navigated through a year of unprecedented challenges with agility, resiliency and velocity.
    Whether it was adapting to remote offices at home or working safely onsite for mission essential business in support of our customers, Aerospace employees navigated through a year of unprecedented challenges with agility, resiliency and velocity.
  • Aerospace President and CEO Steve Isakowitz meets with Gen. John F. Thompson, Commander, Space and Missile Systems Center. [Nov. 8, 2019]
    Aerospace President and CEO Steve Isakowitz meets with Gen. John F. Thompson, Commander, Space and Missile Systems Center. [Nov. 8, 2019]
  • Then and now: The Aerospace library building from our El Segundo campus shown here as we celebrate our 60th anniversary. [Feb. 10, 2020]
    Then and now: The Aerospace library building from our El Segundo campus shown here as we celebrate our 60th anniversary. [Feb. 10, 2020]
  • Aerospace's Albuquerque campus continued to ascend to new heights, reaching a major hiring milestone and securing a significant contract to support the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) mission. [Jan. 17, 2020]
    Aerospace's Albuquerque campus continued to ascend to new heights, reaching a major hiring milestone and securing a significant contract to support the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) mission. [Jan. 17, 2020]
  • Dr. Mark L McKelvin Jr., Senior Engineering Specialist in the Systems Engineering and Launch Division, was awarded the Black Engineer of the Year Award (BEYA) STEM Global Competitiveness Conference Most Promising Engineer Award. [Feb. 14, 2020]
    Dr. Mark L McKelvin Jr., Senior Engineering Specialist in the Systems Engineering and Launch Division, was awarded the Black Engineer of the Year Award (BEYA) STEM Global Competitiveness Conference Most Promising Engineer Award. [Feb. 14, 2020]
  • Aerospace's "Mission Assurance Summit" hosted leaders from every major U.S. space program at its Chantilly, Va. campus to discuss the challenges facing the future of space. [Nov. 14, 2019]
    Aerospace's "Mission Assurance Summit" hosted leaders from every major U.S. space program at its Chantilly, Va. campus to discuss the challenges facing the future of space. [Nov. 14, 2019]
  • Alonzo Lopez, a member of the technical staff, adjusts a robotic arm in xLab, the prototyping facility at Aerospace. [Nov. 14, 2019]
    Alonzo Lopez, a member of the technical staff, adjusts a robotic arm in xLab, the prototyping facility at Aerospace. [Nov. 14, 2019]
  • Board of Trustees members tour Aerospace’s Physical Sciences Laboratories, which is responsible for foundational and applied scientific research to support across national security space (NSS), NASA/civil programs, industry, and academia. [Dec. 11, 2019]
    Board of Trustees members tour Aerospace’s Physical Sciences Laboratories, which is responsible for foundational and applied scientific research to support across national security space (NSS), NASA/civil programs, industry, and academia. [Dec. 11, 2019]
  • Aerospace’s Physical Sciences Laboratories consists of 80,000 square feet of laboratory space for over 70 individual laboratories and 250 scientists and researchers. [Nov. 13, 2019]
    Aerospace’s Physical Sciences Laboratories consists of 80,000 square feet of laboratory space for over 70 individual laboratories and 250 scientists and researchers. [Nov. 13, 2019]
  • Aerospace partnered with the Inglewood School District to pilot STEM Bridge, a new program that aims to expose students to a STEM curriculum while encouraging them to develop the “soft” skills they’ll need for lifelong success, such as communication and teamwork. [March 4, 2020]
    Aerospace partnered with the Inglewood School District to pilot STEM Bridge, a new program that aims to expose students to a STEM curriculum while encouraging them to develop the “soft” skills they’ll need for lifelong success, such as communication and teamwork. [March 4, 2020]
  • Aerospace’s MAHI and Mako sensor was used in four government-sponsored hyperspectral imagery (HSI) collection campaigns to measure infrared radiation (i.e., heat) emitted by the land and atmosphere. [Sept. 30, 2020]
    Aerospace’s MAHI and Mako sensor was used in four government-sponsored hyperspectral imagery (HSI) collection campaigns to measure infrared radiation (i.e., heat) emitted by the land and atmosphere. [Sept. 30, 2020]
  • Aerospace prioritized employee safety across the enterprise to avoid the spread of COVID-19, rapidly shifting the majority of its workforce to a remote work environment and providing resources to support its people. [March 12, 2020]
    Aerospace prioritized employee safety across the enterprise to avoid the spread of COVID-19, rapidly shifting the majority of its workforce to a remote work environment and providing resources to support its people. [March 12, 2020]
  • Aerospace employees put their innovative minds to good use, developing infrared temperature scanners used to help keep our people safe across our various campuses nationwide. [July 8, 2020]
    Aerospace employees put their innovative minds to good use, developing infrared temperature scanners used to help keep our people safe across our various campuses nationwide. [July 8, 2020]
  • Aerospace broke ground for its new state-of-the-art research and development center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The facility will be the focal point for delivering technical expertise across the space enterprise to outpace threats to national security. [Sept. 23, 2020]
    Aerospace broke ground for its new state-of-the-art research and development center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The facility will be the focal point for delivering technical expertise across the space enterprise to outpace threats to national security. [Sept. 23, 2020]
  • Adapting to COVID-19 conditions, Aerospace used remote STARS capability to support the launch of SpaceX’s Falcon 9, the first National Security Space Launch mission to include recovery of the first stage booster. [Oct. 2, 2020]
    Adapting to COVID-19 conditions, Aerospace used remote STARS capability to support the launch of SpaceX’s Falcon 9, the first National Security Space Launch mission to include recovery of the first stage booster. [Oct. 2, 2020]
  • Aerospace’s xLab, our state-of-the-art prototyping facility, underwent a total renovation. [Aug. 26, 2020]
    Aerospace’s xLab, our state-of-the-art prototyping facility, underwent a total renovation. [Aug. 26, 2020]
  • Aerospace’s Board of Trustee’s met virtually throughout the year in order to maintain COVID-19 posture. [June 11, 2020
    Aerospace’s Board of Trustee’s met virtually throughout the year in order to maintain COVID-19 posture. [June 11, 2020
  • Aerial drone footage of The Aerospace Corporation’s headquarters in El Segundo, California.
    Aerial drone footage of The Aerospace Corporation’s headquarters in El Segundo, California.

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