Over the past 50 years, space systems and technologies have increasingly become a critical part of our nation’s economic, scientific and national security capabilities. Without space systems, U.S. military forces have reduced operational effectiveness, policymakers cannot make informed decisions about the nation’s security and economy and civil financial and communications capabilities are degraded or disrupted. Our space capabilities are a source of national pride and an investment in the science and R&D needed to maintain U.S. global competitiveness.
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.
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.”
Arlington, Va. — The Aerospace Industries Association welcomes House action on satellite export reform in the fiscal year 2013 National Defense Authorization Act. The language would return authority to the president for determining export controls for satellites and related technologies and is an important step towards strengthening our national security and opening export opportunities. AIA urges the Senate to address this critical issue and ensure the U.S. space industrial base stays second to none.
We would like to express our strong appreciation to HASC Chairman McKeon (R-Calif.), HASC Ranking Member Smith (D-Wash.), HFAC Chairwoman Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.),…
The Plains, Va. – Students from Madison West High School in Madison, Wis. placed first at the 10th annual Team America Rocketry Challenge finals Saturday, besting 99 teams from across the country to earn the title of national champion in a contest that puts kids on track for careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Madison West will travel to London courtesy of Raytheon Company days before the 2012 Summer Olympic Games to defend America’s 2011 championship title at the Farnborough International Air Show, competing with the UK and France.