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Where to go with Aerospace Engineering?

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I'm planning on getting a PhD in Aerospace Engineering and was wondering what kind of companies do research for space exploration/colonization. I need to know this so I know which university to go to so my career will be literally outside waiting for me.

I heard the location with the most aerospace companies is in California. I was planning on going to University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne. I want to make a career out of researching new ways to go into space more efficiently and effectively.
 

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The big 3 are Lockheed-Martin, United Technologies, and Northrop-Grumman. Boeing has stepped away from the large launch vehicles and commercial space to focus on Defense/Military systems.

There are numerous smaller companies, many of whom contract with NASA or subcontract to the Big 3 aerospace companies. Many aerospace companies have satellite offices located near several of the NASA centers.
 
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If that career plan doesnt work out, you would be very valuable in any wind energy company.
 

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