Maryland is a thriving location for space exploration, satellite technology and research, design and manufacturing of military aircraft, UAVs and robotics. The industry includes Department of Defense related activities such as biodefense, cybersecurity, avionics, informatics and ordnance weapons testing. Maryland is home to 18 of America’s top 25 aerospace companies, as well as 70 of the top 100 defense contractors and more than 20 military facilities. Together, these assets make Maryland the perfect location for aerospace and defense. That’s why 8,720 aerospace and defense companies call Maryland home.