Largest student rocket contest brings diversity and talent to U.S. STEM pipeline

Apr. 17, 2012

Athletes, Agriculturalists and Musicians among top 100 teams advancing to 10th Annual Final Flyoff.

With the exception of a shared passion for science, math and engineering, the 100 teams that will compete in the tenth anniversary Team America Rocketry Challenge national finals this year show a stunning diversity of backgrounds and interests.

The Aerospace Industries Association today unveiled this year’s roster of rocket-building finalists, which includes more than 600 students from 29 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Representing a wide cross-section of American youth, TARC teams – including an all-girl team, 4-H club, a…

Sequestration: A countdown to disaster

Apr. 16, 2012

The following came from Robert Stevens, chairman and CEO of Lockheed Martin during a keynote last month: “The aerospace and defense industry cannot wait until a lame duck session to deal with the consequences of sequestration. We are already taking action by not hiring and training new workers, not investing in new plants and equipment, and not investing in new R&D. An additional $53 billion a year in defense cuts starting in January 2013 would be catastrophic for our industry and our nation.”

That is the reality this industry faces, even before the January 2013 cuts…

Pressure Builds to Stop Sequestration

Mar. 29, 2012

Statement by AIA President & CEO Marion C. Blakey

While everyone agrees on the need to control spending, a bipartisan consensus is emerging that the sequestration cuts imposed by the Budget Control Act are a cure worse than the disease. There is indisputable data showing that another $500 billion of cuts to defense programs would hollow out our military, endanger our troops and stop economic recovery dead in its tracks.

Voices as diverse as International President of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Tom Buffenbarger and Senator Jon Kyl…

AIA Welcomes Nomination of Huerta

Mar. 29, 2012

Statement by AIA President & CEO Marion C. Blakey

We welcome President Obama’s nomination of Michael Huerta to be the FAA administrator. Michael is a proven leader and a very strong advocate for the FAA who is extremely capable of taking on the challenges of the agency over the long term. He understands the importance of seeing that the Next Generation Air Transportation System gets up and running and understands more than most how its enormous benefits outweigh short-term hurdles. There are many critical aviation issues in the United States and abroad that will…

NASA and NOAA FY13 Funding

U.S. House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Hearing

REMARKS BY:
Frank Slazer, Vice President, Space Systems
March 22, 2012