At first glance, it appears that the term “innovation” is used too freely in aerospace—every incremental improvement in a product, process or service is trumpeted as such. Where are the discoveries and breakthroughs that marked the first century of aviation?
They are there, is the answer, but not where they once were to be found. Aerospace and defense contractors can no longer afford standing armies of scientists, so they are forging close relationships with universities and acquiring innovative small companies as they cast their net wider for new ideas.
Survey Finds Aerospace Innovation Is Changing