The aerospace industry is deeply rooted in Boulder, dating back to the formation of Ball Aerospace and Technology Corporation here in 1956. Over the years, Ball Aerospace has been joined by a number of other aerospace companies with a significant presence in the area including Lockheed Martin, Northrup Grumman, Digital Globe, and SpaceDev. Today, Boulder has a high concentration of aerospace employment and entities that support the industry.

The University of Colorado at Boulder receives more NASA funding than any other public university in the US, and has a nationally recognized aerospace engineering sciences program. Boulder is home to several federally funded laboratories doing research in aerospace including the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), JILA, Center for Astrophysics and Space Astronomy (CASA), and Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP). Both the Colorado Nanotechnology Alliance and Colorado Photonics Industry Association are also headquartered in Boulder.

Aerospace Companies in Boulder MSA
Number of Firms 144
Number of Employees 6,315
Average Wages $108,936
Employment Concentration (1.0=US average) 4.9

Source: University of Colorado Business Research Division (2010)