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Aerospace and Aviation

Albuquerque's aerospace segment includes more than 100 entities.

Albuquerque has both a decades-old aerospace industry and a growing new aviation cluster. The aerospace segment includes more than 100 companies with roots in the earliest operations of Kirtland Air Force Base and the nation’s space program. They continue to serve Kirtland in Albuquerque and White Sands Missile Range in southern New Mexico. Aviation is an exciting new segment anchored by Eclipse Aerospace.

Major Aviation Players

  • Lockheed Martin Corp., which manages Sandia National Laboratories for the Department of Energy.
  • Honeywell Aerospace, which develops and manufactures cockpit avionics and control systems for military aircraft and vehicles.
  • Boeing, which in 2000 acquired SVS Inc., a local optics company, and has expanded the operation significantly.
  • Goodrich Corp. Space Flight Systems Division, which manufactures systems and components for space launch vehicles and satellites.
  • Northrop Grumman Information Technology, which designs and develops high-energy lasers and large optical systems

Workforce Training

Central New Mexico Community College, with industry input, is adding a new series of associate degrees in aerospace technology.

Aerospace Assets

  • The Air Force Research Laboratory has two of its ten directorates at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque: Space Vehicles and Directed Energy (laser technology).
  • Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque is one of the largest installations in the Air Force Materiel Command, with some 21,250 workers and 200 organizations, including Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center, Air Force Safety Center, the DOE and Sandia National Laboratories.
  • Sandia National Laboratories has a long history of involvement in space sciences and the military space program. It’s been a leader in developing new materials, sensors and technologies.
  • The University of New Mexico’s Aerospace Institute is a statewide clearinghouse for aerospace technology development, economic development, education, and training. The Configurable Space Microsystems Innovations & Applications Center is the charter program of the Phillips Technology Institute of the Air Force Research Laboratory's Space Vehicles Directorate, organized to promote aerospace innovation through configurable technology.


Professional Aerospace Contractors Association of New Mexico Inc.