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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Trump Budget: New Priorities, New Opportunities

Statement by AIA President and CEO David F. Melcher on the preliminary budget submitted to Congress by President Trump. Arlington, Va. — President Trump’s preliminary budget submission reflects a substantial re-ordering of priorities. The Aerospace Industries Association welcomes the President’s proposal as the vital first step in determining national priorities for the coming years and […]

AIA Urges President Trump To Sign NASA Transition Authorization

Statement by AIA President and CEO David F. Melcher urging President Trump to sign the NASA Transition Authorization Act into law. Arlington, Va. — The Aerospace Industries Association welcomes House passage of S. 442, the NASA Transition Authorization Act, and urges the President to sign the bill into law. NASA programs are at the center […]

AIA Releases New NASA Funding Report

AIA released a new report Monday, making recommendations for increasing NASA’s budget to restore America’s leadership in space. AIA believes that our nation is underfunding NASA and shortchanging our future. While we’re not advocating for a return to 1960s-era funding levels of four percent of the Federal budget, we believe our investment should be substantially more than […]

Funding Our Future: AIA Recommendations for Increasing NASA’s Budget

NASA has done great things – our robotic spacecraft have visited every planet in the solar system, we have discovered that nearly every star in the sky has its own planetary system and we have begun to understand our planet as a complex system. However, we should acknowledge that we have fallen short of our potential as a nation. […]

AIA Presents Space Cost Reduction Paper

AIA hosted in March a panel discussion and open forum with industry and government representatives on AIA’s new space report, Easing the Burden—Reducing the Cost of National Security Space Capabilities.

Senate passes RD-180 amendment, NDAA

AIA welcomes the news that the Senate has passed Sen. Nelson’s (D-Fla.) amendment to the fiscal year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act, permitting the purchase of 18 additional RD-180 engines for use in Atlas V launch vehicles for national security satellites.

View our campaign position papers

As the Voice of American Aerospace and Defense, AIA’s role is to educate our elected leaders, candidates for office and the general public on the importance of our industry to our economy and national security. AIA has developed campaign position papers on several of the issues that matter most to our industry. We welcome the […]

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