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Louisville's Air + Space Academy aims to draw more students into aerospace field

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A local organization says it's committed to drawing more local students into the aerospace field.

That's the goal of the Air + Space Academy, which is headquartered at Louisville's Bowman Field. It provides aeronautics and aerospace educational programs for high school students in Kentucky, Tennessee and Indiana.

Programming is currently offered in 50 school districts across the three states.

"They can earn their private pilot's license in high school," said Dr. Tim Smith, the founder of the Air + Space Academy. "They can go into unmanned systems. They do engineering design, so they can actually design wings for competition. That learning translates into the next step when they go into a university or technical college situation."

Aerospace materials have been Kentucky's number one manufacturing export since 2013.

"We are seeing great advances in Unmanned Aerial Systems and applications for space travel," the organization's Web site states. "Delivering packages with UAVs and traveling across the globe (or even to Mars) will be facilitated through aerospace. Kentucky is an international leader in aerospace products and services. All you have to do is google aerospace in Kentucky and you will see Belcan, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Morehead Space Science Center, NASA Kentucky, Merritt, UPS, Delta, Space Tango, and many other companies that use aerospace to accomplish their missions."

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