Sustainable Aerospace Supply Chain and Manufacturing Workshop


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

Objective: The objective of this workshop was to bring together stakeholders to define a national strategy to enable a sustainable aerospace supply chain and related manufacturing. The focus was 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.

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AGENDA ITEM - DAY 1 (February 3, 2020) / PDF PRESENTATIONS 

PRESENTER 

Introduction

John Cavolowsky Director, Transformational Aeronautics Concepts

Welcome

Edgar Waggoner NASA Deputy Associate Administrator for Programs

Building a Robust and Resilient Aerospace Supply Chain 

Parimal Kopardekar Director, NASA Aeronautics Research Institute

Presentation 

Pete Bunce, President/CEO, General Aviation Manufacturing Assoc.

Presentation

Edward Bolen President/CEO, National Business Aviation Assoc.

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The Drone Industry: Critical Needs for Building a Robust Supply Chain Moderator: Brendan Groves, Skydio 

Conor French, Zipline Trevor Gamba, Loon Richard Roberts, Google Wing Jim O’ Sullivan, Matternet Nick Cramer, NASA

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DOD Needs for Aerospace Supply Chain 

Dana Jensen, Office of Commercial and Economic Analysis (OCEA) 

Advanced Air Mobility (e.g., eVTOL, STOL, and CTOL) Part I: Critical Needs for Components Manufacturing Moderator: Erika Armstrong, Advanced Aircrew Academy 

Tulinda Larsen, NEXA Capital Partners Jacek Kawecki, Uber Elevate Paul McNeill, Click Bond, Inc. Leon Villegas, Wisk Madeleine Wehrle, American Composites Manufacturing Assoc

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Advanced Air Mobility (e.g., eVTOL, STOL, and CTOL) Part II: Scaling to High-Volume Manufacturing Moderator: Dan Coughlin, American Composites Manufacturers Association

Uma Subramanian, Aero Jon Rimaneli, Airspace Experience Technologies (ASX) Danielle McLean, Happy Take Off Mark Roboff, DXC Technology

Preparing for Future Aerospace Maintenance, Repair, and Operations (MROs) Moderator: Lee Kapel, TSI Aviation Inc.

Silvia Gutierrez, TIC Aerospace Milind Patil, Applied Materials Jay Carmel, Avascent Brad Hayden, Robotic Skies Mike Whitaker, Whitaker Airspace 

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AGENDA ITEM - DAY 2 (February 4, 2020)

PRESENTER / PDF PRESENTATION

Presentation 

Mike Hirschberg Executive Director, Vertical Flight Society

Presentation 

David Silver Vice President, Civil Aviation 

Presentation 

Amol Adgaonkar Director, Manufacturing Industry, Microsoft Corp.

Breakout Instructions

Parimal Kopardekar Director, NASA Aeronautics Research Institute

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Breakout Session (3-5 groups based on the topic and number of attendees) – identify gaps in aerospace supply chain, needs, and strategies to address them (eVTOL, drones, electric, subsonic/supersonic/hypersonic) 

Max Fenkell, Aerospace Industries Assoc. Nick Cramer, NASA Rachel Headley, Rose Group 

LUNCH

 

Future Aerospace Needs: Approaches for standards, certification, and uses of commercial off the shelf parts Moderator: Danielle McLean, Happy Take Off

Faye Collier, NASA Jyotika Athavale, Intel Corporation Karthik Balakrishnan, Actual Mark DeAngelo, SAE 

How Does a Company Acquire FAA Production Certification? 

Michael Alberts, FAA

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Debriefing by Group Leaders of Break-Out Sessions

Rachel Headley, Rose Group

Next Steps 

Parimal Kopardekar

Closing Remarks

John Cavolowsky Director, Transformational Aeronautics Concepts

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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 was to bring together stakeholders to define a national strategy to enable a sustainable aerospace supply chain and related manufacturing. The focus was 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 consisted of 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 outcome of this workshop was 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 focused on identifying clear supply chain and manufacturing needs of parts, products, talents, skills, and industrial bases.
 

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 developed strategies and a clear action plan to strengthen and ensure a sustainable aerospace supply chain network and manufacturing capabilities.
 

Workshop Organizer: Dr. Parimal Kopardekar, 650.604.2782

Director, NASA Aeronautics Research Institute, Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate


Logistics point of contact: BreeAnn Stallsmith, 650.604.0188

Project Administrator, NASA Aeronautics Research Institute

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