In the north of the state, in the Huntsville area, a number of organizations associated with developments in the field of aerospace and military industries are concentrated.
In Huntsville, at the Redstone Arsenal military base, the US Army Air and Missile Command and the famous George Marshall Space Flight Center are located.
The Marshall Center is one of the main divisions of NASA. It was here, after the end of World War II, that the first American ballistic missiles were created under the leadership of the German designer Wernher von Braun. Later, at the Marshall Center, Saturn launch vehicles were created, with the help of which American astronauts were able to reach the Moon, engines and fuel tanks of reusable spacecraft (shuttles) were developed, and some components of the International Space Station were designed and assembled.
Huntsville is home to the Cummings Research Park, the second largest in the United States. Research is carried out here on orders from such large companies as Boeing, Lockheed Martin and many others.
Also in the Huntsville area are several companies operating in the field of information technology and electronics (Intergraph, Avocent), telecommunications services (Deltacom), DVD and Blu-ray disc production (Cinram).
Truck engines are made at the Toyota Motor plant in Huntsville.
The Huntsville area is considered one of the best places in the US to do business, especially in the field of high technology.