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Spirit Engineer tests composite structure in Spirit Aerosystems R&D lab. Spirit Engineer tests composite structure in Spirit Aerosystems R&D lab.

Where Innovation Begins

The Future of Aerospace Is Here

At Spirit AeroSystems, innovation drives everything we do. Not many tier-one manufacturers can point to investments in research and development. But Spirit AeroSystems isn’t the average tier-one manufacturing company. Just as the company continues to refine and revolutionize internal processes, supply chain management and integrated team protocols, Spirit is focused on areas of research and development that specifically address current customer needs and anticipate challenges for commercial and defense programs of the future.

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Building It Better, Faster

To be considered successful, a new idea must be able to be replicated and executed on the factory floor. Spirit’s done just that, implementing improved processes and applied technologies that are enabling the company to meet unprecedented production rates.

Designing for Defense

Spirit research and development helps drive the company’s design-for-manufacturability focus, supporting rapid prototyping for new or modified defense programs and helping to apply commercial best practices to defense projects.

Next-Generation Solutions

Research and development at Spirit is focused long-term on the future of aerospace manufacturing. Spirit is actively developing new concepts, designs and solutions that will help build next-generation and next-next-generation aircraft.

100s

of Patents Awarded to Spirit

7 Major

Areas of Research Distinction

$30 Million

Annual Investment in Research

9 Decades

of Defense Work Lives Here

Spirit AeroSystems' Investment in R&D Are Propelling the Company to Industry Leadership video
Spirit Technology

While there is much Spirit can’t show, a substantial number of innovations are on display in every area of production. Discover a few of the advancements the company is employing in production that are direct results of Spirit-led research and development.

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