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Stories of Inspiration: Project Mars Winners Divya, Subigya & Mayukh

Divya Mayukh Subigya Through the hundreds of submissions to the Project Mars competition, we witnessed incredible displays of creativity – but only a few students could win for their imagining of our Mission to Mars. Led by SciArt Exchange and NASA, Project Mars gave students across the country an opportunity to envision our future on Mars through an original short film or poster. Over the next month, we’ll hear from some of our winners about what inspires them in t...

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Project Mars Inspires Visions of the Future

For generations, film and art have inspired the development of future technologies and policies. From the 1980s Matthew Broderick classic War Games to the sci-fi future of Gattica, what might seem like fiction today often becomes reality in the decades ahead. Project Mars, a competition spearheaded by the SciArt Exchange and NASA, aims to stir such imagination, bringing together student artists and futurists to create visionary works depicting what our journey to and life on Mars might look lik...

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Aerospace & Defense Lead the Way in Fortune’s Most Powerful Women

We already know that there are powerhouse women in the aerospace and defense industry because we work with them and represent them every day. If you weren’t sure of that before, Fortune’s Most Powerful Women list makes clear that their leadership is having an impact. In the 2018 edition of the list, 16 Aerospace Industries Association members and associate members made the cut, with seven included in the top 10. The #1 name on the list changed this year for the first time since 2015, w...

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Getting the Environment Right for Future Aviation Innovation

Today, we travel the world at speeds we previously thought impossible. Goods and services move through supply chains that span every corner of the globe to fuel our modern economy. We explore space, and satellite technology links computers and cell phones around the world to keep information at our fingertips in even the most remote locations. New aviation technologies offer the promise of continued profound impacts in the coming decades. Supersonic and hypersonic travel will make it possible...

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Coalition for Aerospace and Science recognizes Sen. Nelson with “Champion of Aerospace and Science” award

Recognizing his ongoing and enduring support of the industry, the Coalition for Aerospace and Science (CAS) recently recognized Senator Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) with its “Champion of Aerospace and Science” award at its second Annual Showcase of NASA Partnerships & Collaboration. Each year, CAS presents this award to a Member of Congress who has been a strong advocate for NASA. "With the active leadership of Senator Nelson, NASA has helped to transform Florida’s space coast from a loc...

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Holding Up the Line of Defense: Why We Should All Care About Transparency and Efficiency in the Defense Export Process

By Annie Tolbert When it comes to defense exports, a lot of people envision something like Tony Stark’s iconic desert demonstration of the Stark Industries Jericho Missile in the Iron Man movie. It’s simple, right? The industry makes weapons and sells them to any country interested in buying and that’s all there is to it. Perhaps that’s true in movies, which often glamorize (or villainize) weapons sales, but the actual export process is deliberate, complicated, and multifaceted. Wh...

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Putting Trans-Atlantic Brainpower To Work On Aviation Safety

This week, the leaders and a wide range of experts from the FAA, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and industry are gathered in Washington D.C. for the annual International Aviation Safety Conference. The conference provides a forum for experts and authorities from both sides of the Atlantic to get around the same table and share new ideas, initiatives and best practices for reducing accident risk. It also demonstrates a shared commitment to open communication and collaboration from glo...

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AIA welcomes White House commitment to reforming commercial space policies

Having a strong domestic space industry is crucial to our nation’s economic vitality and security. The Aerospace Industries Association is pleased by the Trump Administration’s continued focus on reducing barriers for the commercial space industry to create new, well-paying jobs, increase exports and move into new markets. “We welcome the signing of Space Policy Directive 2 (SPD-2) and, while many details have yet to be worked out, we are a committed and constructive partner in revisin...

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Protecting Innovation is a Matter of National Security

On Tuesday, the House Financial Services and Senate Banking Committees met to mark up and move forward versions of the “Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act” (FIRRMA). These two bills are aimed at reforming the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) process and protecting U.S. technology. While this action isn’t making front page news, we are watching this process closely – because these issues have important impacts on our industry’s ability to compet...

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“Do Good. Be Good. Make Michigan Proud.” Eric Fanning Gives Positive Charge to University of Michigan Engineering Graduates

Michigan native Eric Fanning knew he faced an immediate challenge when he stood before hundreds of students, teachers and family members to give the graduation address to the University of Michigan College of Engineering class of 2018 on the last Saturday in April.  The school had thoughtfully provided academic regalia for Fanning featuring the green and white colors of his alma mater, Dartmouth College.  So, at the start of his remarks, Fanning jokingly told the audience that he did not atten...

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Local Economies Need Trade in Aerospace

Aerospace and defense trade supports jobs all over the United States. In many states, the A&D sector is the largest exporter and is a key contributor to the local economy. This is also true in my home state of Arkansas, where I had the opportunity to speak at the 2018 Summit for the Arkansas Aerospace and Defense Alliance (AADA) about aerospace trade. Members of AADA range from some of AIA’s largest members to small and medium-sized companies supplying America’s aerospace and defense ...

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AIA leading the way on the Manufacturing & Defense Industrial Base of the Future

What do more government support for STEAM education and a streamlined DOD acquisition policy have in common? These are two of the recommendations the defense and aerospace industry is making to the Trump Administration to ensure the health of the Defense Industrial Base. In anticipation of an interagency assessment mandated by Executive Order 13806 being finalized and sent to the President, today we are sharing our recommendations in a new paper titled “Fostering the Manufacturing & Defens...

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