Funding weather satellites crucial for storm forecasting

Jun. 29, 2012

Several years ago, when a senior government official was testifying before Congress in defense of weather-satellite budgets, he was stunned to be asked by a member, "Why are we building meteorological satellites when we have the Weather Channel?"

Those of us in the aerospace industry know the short answer: Without the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, there would be no Weather Channel. The satellite imagery and data utilized by the Weather Channel and countless other reporting and predicting outlets are generated by satellites operated by NOAA and developed under the auspices of the National Aeronautics and…

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