Taking air travel from the stratosphere to outer space

The future of aerospace engineering is moving beyond this world to the far reaches of outer space. Space travel is not new, but so far very limited in where it can take humans. To go from the Moon to Mars and beyond, the Industry will need new advances in materials science, propulsion, power electronics, avionics thermal management, 3D manufacturing and more to build the future vessels that can safely get us there.

GE scientists, pioneers in commercial air travel, have the broad technical portfolio to meet these future needs. From high temperature materials such as CMCs to new propulsion concepts such as rotating detonation engines (RDE) to high performance computing capabilities that yield new breakthroughs in flight efficiency and performance, we’re developing the technologies that will enable air travel at hypersonic speeds 5X the speed of sound.  It’s advances like these that will enable flight to go faster and farther than ever before.

  • AFRL Airframe Digital Twin

    Probabilistic, risk-based, flight-by-flight IAT capabilities that quantify and propagate source of uncertainties to predict remaining useful life and structural reliability.

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  • CMC Multiscale

    We advance the state of the art in multiscale durability models for ceramic matrix composites (CMCs).

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  • MEMSuite™

    GE Research has developed powerful test software to allow for the integration and synchronization of complex measurements to work with a wide variety of test equipment and devices focused on MEMS. 

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  • Robotics Aerial Inspection & Repair

    Aerial inspection robotics is a subset of field service robotics that uses intelligent robotic inspection systems to extend and augment the capabilities of the people who are charged with caring for our industrial assets.

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  • Confined Space Inspection & Repair

    Using purpose-built maintenance robots to quickly execute full-flow path inspection and repair of power generating turbines.

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  • Digital Ghost: Real-Time, Active Cyber Defense

    Resiliency and cybersecurity for critical infrastructure control systems.

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  • MEMS & Semiconductor Test Solution Services

    MEMS prototype performance and power semiconductor device reliability testing.

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  • Foundry & Device Fabrication Services

    We offer the opportunity to work with our team in a collaborative R&D arrangement, flexible to your business, or more directly through one of our core services.

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  • Modeling and Simulation-based Engineering

    We help you identify critical product design and performance needs and develop a customized approach for solving design challenges and scaling solutions.

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  • Research as a Service

    Our multidisciplinary research engine that has powered GE for over 100 years is now available to tackle your toughest challenges.

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    Research as a Service
  • Related Technologies

    Technology capabilities related to this sector

  • Digital Technologies

    Delivering business value with foundational systems and applications that make up the ecosystem to digitally manage critical business data and operations

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  • Edge Computing

    Pushing data collection, analytics and compute capability to the Edge to manage industrial machines more dynamically with security and safety

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  • Software & Analytics

    Harnessing the power of computing, data and analytics to enable optimization of industrial assets

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  • Mechanics & Design

    Pushing the boundaries of mechanical technology to improve durability, affordability, efficiency, and power density of industrial products and services

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  • Robotics & Autonomous Systems

    Envisioning a world where service robots work with and for us, shoulder-to-shoulder and over long distances, to address dull, dirty and dangerous work

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  • Thermosciences

    Inventing breakthrough aerodynamic, thermal management and combustion solutions for improved performance, reliability, cost, and environmental impact

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  • Materials

    Delivering advanced, disruptive material solutions to drive performance, cost and durability across diverse product lines

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  • Controls & Optimization

    Leveraging controls, estimation, optimization, operations research, and risk management to increase customer outcomes

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  • Biology & Applied Physics

    Creating and building tools and imaging solutions to shape the future of healthcare, biomanufacturing, biotechnology and adjacent industries

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  • Electric Power

    Pushing the boundaries of electrical technology while accelerating the electrification of products around the world

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  • Electronics & Sensing

    Developing breakthrough electronics and sensing solutions with a focus on extreme integration across technologies, form factors and harsh environments

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  • Artificial Intelligence

    Enabling the smart Industrial Internet by connecting minds and industrial machines to enable intelligent and user-friendly products

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Experience in Other Sectors

  • Advanced Manufacturing Industry

    Advanced Manufacturing

    The next great leap in advanced manufacturing technology is being driven by the power of advanced materials, 3D printing, automation and artificial intelligence.

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  • custom-solutions

    Custom Solutions

    GE Research scientists innovate at the intersection of domain expertise and industry experience.

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  • Defense and Security Industry

    Defense & Security

    We apply our vast experience in advanced materials, complex turbomachinery and advanced cyber protections to advance critical military infrastructure and systems.

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  • Healthcare Industry


    The convergence of digital technologies with physics and biology is transforming the quality and accessibility of healthcare around the world.

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  • Power and Energy Industry

    Power & Energy

    Today, GE researchers are on the front lines of defining a new chapter in energy that is more diverse, more distributed and more digitized in how it is managed.

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  • Transportation Industry


    Discover how GE is leading the digitization of rail transport, bringing digital horsepower to increase the speed and efficiency of trains on the railways.

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