Baltimore, MD: As well as an unforgettable trip down the memory lane of America’s aerospace and defense (A & D) industry, visitors to the Maryland Innovation Showcase at this year’s Aero & Defense Test 09 will also be presented with exclusive insights into both current and future A & D technologies that reinforce how the Mid-Atlantic State not only maintains its mantle as an A & D powerhouse but also why Governor O’ Malley promotes the vision of Maryland being the global hub for the A & D industry.
The Innovation Showcase is scheduled to make available a flight simulator (from Defense Technologies Inc) along with, for example, current UAV design models – one of which can launch from an aircraft - from American Dynamics Flight Systems and Northrop Grumman.
In addition, it will also offer early APL-engineered equipment and communication and radar displays (courtesy the National Electronics Museum) as well as speciality items such as an Gore uniform (from Cecil County).
Being staged on September 29 & 30 at the Baltimore Convention Center as a showpiece attraction within Aero & Defense 09 - the world’s leading event for aerospace and defense research & development and operational test and evaluation professionals – the Maryland Innovation Showcase is being co-ordinated by the State’s Department of Business & Economic Development.
As well as a series of exhibits that have never before been seen together in public, the Showcase will for the first time feature from across the region a host of partners who will be presenting their A & D credentials in terms of outstanding people skills and expertise, facilities and products.
Indeed, Maryland’s mid-Atlantic location provides proximity and access to key Pentagon, federal and commercial customers, partners and facilities in the aeronautics, space and defense industries. Maryland is home to an impressive list of industry leaders and innovators, such as ATK, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, Hughes Network Systems, BAE Systems, SAIC, ARINC, Raytheon, AAI, General Dynamics, American Dynamic Flight Systems, Battelle, General Dynamics, Honeywell, Orbital Services, CSC and Proxy Aviation.
The display being mounted by Cecil County will focus on the fact that it is home to, for example, leading A & D company, ATK, and specialty clothing/gear manufacturer, W.L. Gore and Associates – manufacturer of GORE-TEX and Windstopper fabrics as well as a host of other defense, technology and medical related fabrics and products for DOD applications - and it will promote its appropriateness for C4ISR staff moving from NJ as part of the BRAC consolidation.
The Hagerstown Regional Airport (HRA) will be a central part of the display by Hagerstown-Washington County, as the County positions itself for aircraft and related business, including commuter and leisure travelers. The HRA runway has recently been extended to 7,000 ft with an air traffic control tower and state-of-the art navigational aids, and it offers unencumbered air space for flexible test flights.
Already home to 40 A & D companies and 650 employees at HRA - including Sierra Nevada Corporation, Northrop Grumman and Fugro EarthData Inc – the County also has 100 acres available for commercial development.
At the center of the Washington Baltimore Corridor, Howard County is well positioned to monitor federal and military opportunities, whether in the anchor cities of Washington and Baltimore or in the greater consolidated metropolitan area. It is home to many technology firms, including a large engineering, R&D and related industry base including employers such as Northrop Grumman and JHU’s Applied Physics Laboratory (APL).
Anne Arundel County is home to the nation’s first incubator for homeland security companies - the Chesapeake Innovation Center - and the county has a rich A & D presence with firms such as ARINC, Alion Science and Technology, Bombardier, Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems.
Glenn L. Martin opened one of the nation’s first aircraft manufacturing plants in 1929 in Eastern Baltimore County. Today, this legacy remains at the Lockheed Martin Integrated Defense Technologies in Middle River, next to Martin State Airport. AAI Corporation, Middle River Aircraft Systems, M/A-Com Sigint, Digital Dimensions, SAFT America, Teledyne and a community of mod-sim and game technology firms benefit from Baltimore County’s deep pool of engineers, programmers and technical workers.
Located roughly 10 miles north east of the Patuxent Naval Air Station, Calvert County’s A & D workforce includes employees at DynCorp International. Town centres at Lusby and Solomons provide excellent locations for companies supporting operations at or near the Naval Air Station, Patuxent River. While positioned in one of the nation’s wealthiest metro areas, Calvert County offers a reasonable cost of living, safe neighborhoods and convenience to major markets and business opportunities.
With its central Maryland location, Carroll County is home to a number of significant aerospace defense companies – Cobham Mission Systems Division, CTRL Systems Inc., General Dynamics Robotics Systems (a world leader in tactical robotics and which designs, builds and tests highly developed unmanned vehicles for many DoD projects), Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems and RFID Global Solution.
Located in the Maryland suburbs adjacent to Washington DC, Prince George’s County hosts strategic and significant military and federal installations. It is home to Andrews Air Force base and the President’s airplane, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and a robust array of government aerospace contractors.
Its business community includes ATK Space Systems, Antennae Research Associates, Eaton Corporation, SSAI, SGT Inc., and Raytheon.
Testing occurs at the Glenn L. Martin Wind Tunnel, part of the Aerospace Engineering Department at the Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland. Partnership and commercialization opportunities also exist at the Army Research Lab in Adelphi.
Anchored at the confluence of the Chesapeake Bay and Potomac and Patuxent Rivers, St. Mary’s County is a balanced mix of future technologies and rich historic roots. Many of the US Navy’s most storied aircraft have been tested on base at the Patuxent Naval Air Station, home to both the US Naval Systems Command (NAVAIR) and the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD).
The Air Station’s military, civilian and contractor workforce numbers 22,000 and includes staff from firms such as BAE Systems, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, L-3, Northrop Grumman and Wyle.
The Maryland Innovation Showcase will also offer visitors to Aero & Defense 09 intriguing insights in yesteryear’s A & D industry:The Glenn L. Martin Aviation Museum is dedicated to the promotion, preservation and documentation of aviation and space history in Maryland - namely, the contributions of Glenn L. Martin and his successful company.
Visitors will be able to learn about a myriad of facts about Maryland’s aviation history from the museum’s collections that include historic aircraft, thousands of original motion picture films, plans, documents, research models, aircraft tools and components; plus more than 200,000 aviation and company photographs.
The National Electronics Museum will be providing a range of heritage displays, including early APL- engineered equipment and communications/radar displays. The museum houses the radar from a BOMARC missile which carried the AN/DPN-53, the first airborne pulse-doppler radar.
The State of Maryland is clearly one of the world’s most dynamic environments for aerospace, aviation and defense industries in the world, offering a number of compelling strengths:
Educational systems – its public schools (K-12) are ranked Number One among states; and Maryland is also home to a network of 61 colleges and universities that include world-class institutions such as the Johns Hopkins University (JHU), the US Naval Academy and the University System of Maryland.
Presence of both federal and military strategic assets - NSA, Ft. Meade, Aberdeen Proving Ground, NAVAIR, Andrews AFB, Army Research Laboratory – Adelphia, the Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC) at Ft. Detrick;
Robust concentration of technical and professional workers (second highest) in the US;
Significant influx of military technical employees in important growth areas of cybersecurity, secure IT and surveillance.
The State also counts as unique assets facilities such as JHU’s Applied Physics Lab (APL), the Glenn L. Martin Wind Tunnel at the University of Maryland, the National Electronics Museum, the Maryland Aviation Museum and the Chesapeake Innovation Center (CIC), the nation’s first incubator dedicated to homeland security.
Aero & Defense Test 09/ITEA Annual Symposium– the world’s leading event for aerospace and defense research & development and operational test and evaluation professionals – Baltimore, MD, 29 September-1 October 2009. Embracing 150 ‘best in class’ exhibitors and partnering with the International Test & Evaluation Association’s (ITEA) Annual Symposium, Aero & Defense Test 09 is also co-located with the Society of Manufacturing Engineers’ aerospace quality manufacturing conference. Visit www.aerodefensetest.com for details.