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Solar Eclipse 2017…There Goes the Sun

Today, millions of Americans have traveled to the Pacific Coast of Oregon and the Atlantic coast of South Carolina, and to all parts in-between within a narrow 70-mile-wide corridor extending through 14 interior states, to witness the total eclipse of the sun. The last time a total solar eclipse was visible across the entire contiguous […]

AIA Advances U.S./Canadian Aerospace and Defense Industry Partnership

As the voice of American aerospace and defense, AIA represents its members in a variety of different fora, including before foreign government officials. Earlier this month, AIA representatives met with John Knubley, the Canadian Deputy Minister for Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) at the Canadian embassy in Washington, DC. ISED is the counterpart organization […]

Amendment to Honor the Crew of Apollo 1 Moves Forward

Last week, the House of Representatives approved Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson’s (D-Texas) amendment to National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2017 to provide for a memorial at Arlington National Cemetery to honor the three crewmembers of the Apollo 1 mission.  NASA astronauts Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee were all service veterans who perished […]

AIA Applauds Reestablishment of National Space Council

AIA, on behalf of the American industry that enables our nation’s space success,  welcomes the reestablishment of the National Space Council. We agree with President Trump that this announcement is a crucial step to secure America’s future in space and it is a welcome indication that this Administration recognizes the importance of space activities to our nation’s security, economy, technical capabilities and leadership. Those who are familiar with the National Space Council’s history will […]

Upper Airspace Working Group Paves Way For New and Emerging aerospace technologies

In continuing our leadership of paving the way for new and emerging aerospace technologies, the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) has launched a new effort to open the skies even further.  The new Upper Airspace Working Group (UAWG) is focused on developing AIA positions on matters related to monitoring, responding to, and crafting industry policies and […]

IRC/TARC Trail in Paris: Recap

The rocketry season of TARC and IRC has officially ended yesterday morning when World Champion Festus High School Rocket Club boarded its plane to return home. What began as a group of students breathing life back into their school’s rocket club quickly turned into the story for the history books.     A team of mostly first-time rocketeers from a town of 12,000 people gave their all […]

Gearing up for Florida Workforce/STEM Summit

If you’ve ever been a teacher, you know how much work goes into lesson planning. The same applies to the planning Aerospace Industries Association member companies devote to events like the upcoming AIA Florida Aerospace and Defense Workforce/STEM Summit, slated for November 15 and 16 at Harris Corporation in Palm Bay, Florida. These summits enable […]

The Team America Rocketry Challenge — A Chance for Your Students to Soar

By Gregory Severino I write this essay as a TARC mentor, team adviser, and most ardently, as a teacher. Every one of us has a desire to make an impact in this world. Seizing an opportunity to help others, serving as a role model for younger generations, contributing to our field of knowledge, or any […]

Dispatches from Rocket City, USA

America’s aerospace and defense industry is well known as a key contributor to the U.S. economy and a powerhouse manufacturing sector that drives innovation, advances U.S. foreign policy and national security goals, and contributes to our country’s high-tech manufacturing base. What is less well known is the vital contribution the industry makes to state and […]

Rockets on the Hill: An Eye to the Future & A Call to Action

Before taking to the fields for the Final Fly-off on May 13, the nation’s top student rocketeers competing in the Team America Rocketry Challenge kicked off National Finals weekend with the sixth annual Rockets on the Hill Reception (ROTH) on May 12. But why the Hill? How are these students’ rocketry experiences connected with Capitol […]

Slazer Remarks at House Aerospace Caucus event

Engine for Growth: Analysis and Recommendations for U.S. Space Industry Competitiveness Remarks as prepared for AIA Vice President for Space Systems Frank Slazer before House Aerospace Caucus Thank you and good afternoon. The Aerospace Industries Association, with over 330 members, includes companies who were present at the dawn of the space age 60 years ago, as […]

Report: AIA Calls for Actions to Spur U.S. Space Competitiveness

New Report Outlines Policies Needed to Boost the U.S. Space Industry’s Global Competitiveness Arlington, Va. — The Aerospace Industries Association, supported by research and analysis provided by the consulting firm Bryce Space and Technology, released a report today highlighting the growing importance of the U.S. domestic space industry to our nation’s economic vitality and security. […]

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