Where: NASA Ames Conference Center, Building 3, 500 Severyns Rd., Moffett Field, California

Objective: The objective of this workshop is to bring together stakeholders to define a national strategy to enable a sustainable aerospace supply chain and related manufacturing. The focus will be on the entire aerospace industry, including hypersonic, supersonic, subsonic, drones of all sizes, electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL), urban air mobility (UAM), and aircraft of all sizes.  An aerospace supply chain network is unique due to needs related to aviation safety, national security, and criticality of operations.

Description: To minimize delays and backlog in larger aircraft deliveries as well as meet the demand of maturing, domestic small- and medium-size unmanned aircraft systems and well-funded flying taxi-type companies, availability of parts and systems is necessary.  A strong and resilient aerospace supply chain and manufacturing base is key to U.S. competitiveness and national security.  Setting up a supply chain and associated manufacturing requires four major considerations: understanding the future needs of the aerospace industry to correctly meet their demand and growth, ensuring regional manufacturing hubs can transition with new capabilities to meet demands, making sure that academic curriculum will cultivate applicable talent and skills, and encouraging entrepreneurship and businesses of all sizes to meet national needs.

The purpose of this workshop is to bring together stakeholders to define a national strategy to enable a sustainable aerospace supply chain and related manufacturing. The focus will be on the entire aerospace industry, including hypersonic, supersonic, subsonic, drones of all sizes, electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL), urban air mobility (UAM), and aircraft of all sizes.  An aerospace supply chain network is unique due to needs related to aviation safety, national security, and criticality of operations.

This workshop is for participants who represent U.S.-based original equipment manufacturers of aircraft of all sizes, including emerging drones and involved systems, engines, avionics, cabin, sensors, electrical as well as hydraulic systems, etc.; regional manufacturing groups whose charter is to grow and meet aeronautics supply chain and manufacturing; and representatives of U.S.-based academic institutions interested in developing skills and talents to meet national needs.

The main expected outcome of this workshop is initial identification of high priority areas where a supply chain and manufacturing eco-system must be improved for a sustainable aerospace industry in the U.S.  The workshop will focus on identifying clear supply chain and manufacturing needs of parts, products, talents, skills, and industrial bases.

Expected outcomes of the workshop:

  1. Clear identification of national aerospace supply chain and manufacturing current bottlenecks and what is required to meet future needs for large, medium, and smaller size aircraft including drones and eVTOL
  2. Clear identification of capabilities and supply chain and manufacturing assets that can be redeployed or transitioned to identified needs (e.g., from auto industry)
  3. Clear action plan to develop and enrich the national talents and skills to meet future aerospace supply chain and manufacturing needs

This workshop is about developing strategies and a clear action plan to strengthen and ensure a sustainable aerospace supply chain network and manufacturing capabilities.

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