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TARC Star Spotlight: Amanda Steckel

The Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC), sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association and National Association of Rocketry, is the world’s largest model rocketry contest and the aerospace industry’s flagship program designed to encourage students to study science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Congress Passes TPA Legislation

Passage this week of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) by Congress is a major step forward for U.S. manufacturers. AIA applauds the members of Congress who shepherded the bill through to passage and thanks them for their leadership.

The Hill Publishes AIA, Huntington Ingalls EX-IM Bank OpEd

As the June 30 deadline for the needed reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank of the United States approaches, AIA today placed an OpEd “Re-authorize Ex-Im Bank to keep a level playing field,” in The Hill newspaper. The piece was co-authored by Mike Petters, president and CEO of Huntington Ingalls Industries and AIA president and CEO Dave Melcher. It draws a connection between the collapse of domestic commercial shipbuilding in the 1980s after President Reagan terminated the Construction Differential Subsidy Program and our current situation with the ExIm Bank.

TARC at the Paris Air Show – Day Two

The RCS Engineers from Russellville, Alabama, had a great first day at the Paris Air Show. Thursday was day one of the International Rocketry Competition, kicking off the two-day event with the presentation portion of the contest.

AIA at the Paris Air Show 2015

The Paris Air Show may be many things, but at the end of the day it’s about business. The business of international sales; cooperation and partnering; forging relationships and sharing ideas. AIA’s new executive leadership team understands this objective and has been doing just that at this year’s Paris Air Show.

TARC Star Spotlight: Casey Densmore

The Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC), sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association and National Association of Rocketry, is the world’s largest model rocketry contest and the aerospace industry’s flagship program designed to encourage students to study science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Alabama Rocketry Team Blasts Off to Paris

The RCS Engineers may have claimed the title of U.S. student rocketry champions, but do they have what it takes to triumph over the winning teams from the UK and France? The seven-student rocketry team from Russellville, Alabama, is the winner of this year’s Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC). In May, the students faced off against stiff competition at the TARC national finals and claimed first place over 100 teams from across the country.

TARC Star Spotlight: Victor Murphy

The Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC), sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association and National Association of Rocketry, is the world’s largest model rocketry contest and the aerospace industry’s flagship program designed to encourage students to study science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

The New American Space Age

I recently had a unique opportunity to tour the Virgin Galactic facility at the Mojave, CA Air and Spaceport. VirginGalactic, an AIA member, is actively moving forward with their plans to put anyone into space who buys a ticket – just as is done in every other field of transport. While this may seem only logical, consider that, until recently, just about the only people the US government sent into space were test pilots, scientists or technical mission specialists (ok, ok, a couple of politicians as well).

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