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Space Command

Launch Pad for Space Innovation

The nucleus for national aerospace and defense, Colorado Springs is the provisional home of U.S. Space Command. National defense in Colorado Springs is a legacy that’s long on innovation and ingenuity.

One of the first cities to access the World Wide Web, today, military installations in Colorado Springs maneuver the most advanced technologies – from global positioning systems to space infrastructure. Numerous commands, including U.S. Space Command, have lengthy, proud and effective operations in the region.

The nation’s greatest concentration of aerospace talent is the steam that powers 250+ private companies focused on aerospace and defense in Colorado Springs. Robust ranks of transitioning military and young professionals from local universities possess the engineering expertise and commitment to country.

With the future of space in full gear, Colorado Springs is all systems go as we continue to provide the talent and technology to protect and advance the mission.



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Reggie Ash Chief Defense Development Officer (719) 575-4325

Installations & Commands

Satellite operations, space defense, global positioning systems and advanced technologies link the five military installations in Colorado Springs.

  • U.S. Air Force Academy: Trains and educates future USAF leaders and conducts cutting-edge research through 20 research centers, including AF Cyberworx.
  • Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station: The premier underground command and control facility serving the North American Aerospace Defense Command, U.S. Northern Command, U.S. Strategic Command, and other mission partner tenants.
  • Fort Carson Army Post: Home to the 4th Infantry Division Headquarters, Fort Carson is used by all services for realistic combined arms training. It is second-largest employer in the state.
  • Peterson Air Force Base: Headquarters for the 21st Space Wing, Peterson AFB provides missile warning and space control to combat forces and commands worldwide.
  • Schriever Air Force Base: Responsible for the operation and support of Department of Defense satellites through the 50th Space Wing,

In addition to five military installations, the region hosts numerous commands and other national defense centers. Colorado Springs is currently the provisional home of U.S. Space Command. Other commands include:

Aerospace & Defense

Located in the state with the second-largest space economy, Colorado Springs is a global leader in aerospace education, research and innovation. More than 250 companies support Colorado Springs and the national military complex with locally developed intelligence, technology, software, equipment and resources.

Access to government, talent, and installations and commands are a few of the reasons many of the world’s largest aerospace and defense companies operate in Colorado Springs. Among them Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Parsons, and Boeing.

In 2022, The Aerospace Corp. will open a new R&D facility to increase its focus on classified space technology. The nearly $100 million, 90,000 sq. ft. investment will be located on the grounds of the Colorado Springs Airport.

Locally grown companies are also part of national defense and aerospace solutions. Boecore, a woman-owned engineering company, provides engineering, cybersecurity, and technology support. With the industry comprising 44% of the Colorado Springs economy, Boecore gained the resources to develop partnerships with the Missile Defense Agency, Army Cyber Command, U.S. Space Command, and others.

In addition to military commands and private companies, Colorado Springs is the home base for the Space Foundation. A trusted source of space information, the Space Foundation is the preeminent resource for space education and host of the annual international Space Symposium, which draws nearly 15,000 agencies and professionals from around the globe.


Highest Concentration of Aerospace Employees Among U.S. States (Colorado) Colorado Space Coalition 2020
Public University Recipients of NASA Research Awards University of Colorado Boulder 2020
Top Cities for Defense Jobs ClearanceJobs 2018
Best Places to Live U.S. News & World Report 2020

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