Fix Arms Export Laws For Commercial Satellite Sales: AIA

Jun. 29, 2012

It is long past time for Congress to reform the current laws governing the export of commercial satellites – an outmoded and counterproductive system intended to enhance national security while inadvertently undermining America's domestic space industry, a recent Defense Department report makes clear.

Whatever Congress's good intentions when it passed this law in 1998, the results have crippled the U.S. space industry. The barriers to export have, in effect, turned the domestic space industry into a de facto arsenal sustained almost exclusively by U.S. military purchases.

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Florida Leaders, AAR and Space Coast Business Community Warn Against More Cuts to Aerospace and Def.

Jun. 25, 2012

Melbourne, Fla. — Rep. Bill Posey (R-Fla.), AAR Chairman and CEO David P. Storch, leaders from the Space Coast business community and more than 250 local workers rallied today at the AAR Airlift facility in Melbourne to warn about the threat to U.S. economic and military strength posed by $500 billion in sequestration budget cuts scheduled for January 2013.  A study commissioned by AIA last year found that Florida could lose more than 39,000 jobs if Congress does not act to stop these cuts.

In addition to Rep. Posey and David P. Storch, Dan Pearson, COO…

Blakey and Buffenbarger: Learning from the Greatest Generation

Jun. 14, 2012

The World War II Memorial on America's national mall has two main sections. A central core honors the bravery and sacrifice of our service men and women who fought abroad, and an outer ring celebrates the effort here at home, from the children who ran scrap drives to the workers who built the defense machinery needed to win the war. "Most historians agree that World War II was won as surely on the American home front as it was on the battlefield," according to the government's Home Front study published in 2007.

But now, both our…

Ensuring American Space Launch Competitiveness

U.S. House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics Hearing

Frank Slazer, Vice President, Space Systems
June 6, 2012

AIA Welcomes SpaceX Launch to International Space Station

May. 22, 2012

Arlington, Va. — Today’s successful launch by SpaceX of the Dragon capsule towards its rendezvous with the International Space Station marks a major historical milestone in American spaceflight.  Developed by SpaceX under NASA’s commercial cargo services program, the mission demonstrates the capability of collaborative investments by the U.S. government and private industry to build new American vehicles for space transportation. 

“This mission proves the American spirit of innovation is thriving,” said AIA President and CEO Marion C. Blakey.  “This is yet another example of how American aerospace is truly second to none.”

By saving money…