Innovation Highlights

The Aerospace Corporation is involved in working on some of the most cutting-edge innovations in the national security space community. Click on the links on this page to read articles about the results of some of the corporation’s recent research work.


World’s Smallest Acoustic Speaker Demonstrated at Aerospace

Diagram of a field effect transistor with a single suspended carbon nanotube. (Illustration: Reprinted with permission from ACS Nano. Full citation at end of article.)

Scientists at Aerospace and USC have demonstrated the world’s smallest speaker, consisting of an individual suspended carbon nanotube.  More »

Trio Wins 2015 Innovation Award

2015 Innovation Award winners, left to right: Dr. Rafael Zaldivar, Dr. James Nokes, and Dr. Hyun Kim. (Photo: Eric Hamburg)

Winners of the inaugural Innovation Award received their trophies during a small lunchtime ceremony on Tuesday, April 28.  More »

Ideas Flow at First Aerospace Innovation Challenge

Chris Dunbar, second from right, discusses approaches to the UAS challenge with members of team A. (Photo: Walter Sturrock)

Addressing some of the nation’s toughest technical challenges is at the core of what Aerospace does. So it was no surprise that when some of its technical staff agreed to participate in the corporation’s first Innovation Challenge, a host of cutting-edge solutions to that challenge emerged.  More »

Atlas V With Four Solid Motors Lights Up California Coast

An Atlas V with four solid rocket motors lifts off at Vandenberg Air Force Base on Friday, Dec. 12. (Photo: United Launch Alliance, LLC)

An Atlas V rocket launched successfully from Vandenberg Air Force Base on Friday evening.  More »

Small Satellites Growing Into Big Business

Kevin Zondervan shares results of Aerospace's CubeSat solid rocket motor propulsion efforts. (Photo: John Langer)

Of all the burgeoning trends in the aerospace community, the design and manufacturing of small satellites continues to maintain a relentless momentum, pushing the once-novel technology ever further into the mainstream.  More »


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