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  • Bridenstine wins a Democrat's support for NASA's top job
    Posted in In the News on October 22, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    Jim Bridenstine has been nominated to lead the National Aeronautics and Space Administration as its 13th administrator. It is my honor to support his nomination. NASA’s mission is to go where no one has gone before, explore the unknown, and reveal the secrets of the universe for the benefit of America and the world. This iconic agency has been at the forefront of scientific discovery for almost 60 years. Jim Bridenstine is well-equipped to lead NASA as it develops return missions to the moon, se... Read more

  • Perlmutter Joins NASA Caucus as Founding Member
    Posted in Press Releases on October 11, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) announced the creation of the bipartisan NASA Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives. The caucus will bring attention to the role of NASA in U.S. national security and economic interests, educate policymakers on current NASA initiatives, as well as serve as a forum to discuss the scientific and technological challenges to American flight and space exploration endeavors. As a member of the Science, Space & Technology Committee, Perlmu... Read more

  • Perlmutter, Polis Continue to Demand Higher Safety Standards for Helicopters
    Posted in Press Releases on September 27, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace, Transportation

    Washington, D.C. – U.S. Reps. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) and Jared Polis (CO-02) continued their efforts to demand higher safety standards for helicopters by offering an amendment to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization package that would require all new helicopters to be equipped with safer fuel systems. Unfortunately, House Republicans refused to allow a vote on the amendment as part of the six-month extension to the FAA reauthorization. “We have known for decades how to make h... Read more

  • Support builds for Bridenstine to lead NASA despite past skepticism on climate change
    Posted in In the News on September 11, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    If confirmed, Jim Bridenstine would be the first NASA administrator in the post-Apollo era who wasn’t yet born when Neil Armstrong walked on the moon. He’s a politician and a Navy aviator, not a rocket scientist, whose credentials have already been criticized by two prominent Florida senators. And the congressman's comments expressing skepticism about the role humans have played in climate change have sparked controversy. But in the days since President Trump announced that Bridenstine was his p... Read more

  • Lawmakers eye private moon missions
    Posted in In the News on September 7, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    A House panel on Thursday met to discuss ways to boost private missions to the moon. Lawmakers from both parties on the House Science Subcommittee on Space expressed support for private lunar expeditions but raised concerns about property rights and the role of NASA. Representatives from private space companies Blue Origin LLC, Moon Express Inc. and Astrobotic testified about their plans. “It’s time for America to return to the moon — this time to stay,” said Bretton Alexander of Blue Origin in ... Read more

  • Rep. Perlmutter and Rep. Polis Introduce the Helicopter Fuel System Safety Act
    Posted in Press Releases on June 29, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Reps. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) and Jared Polis (CO-02) introduced the Helicopter Fuel System Safety Act to require all newly manufactured helicopters be built with safer fuel systems. The legislation requires within one year all newly manufactured helicopters comply with the recommendations from the Rotorcraft Occupant Protection Working Group which significantly reduces the risk of post-crash fires. Additionally, the legislation requires the Federal Aviation Administra... Read more

  • Ball holds ground-breaking ceremony for expansion of aerospace center in Westminster
    Posted in In the News on April 21, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    WESTMINSTER — Broomfield-based Ball Corp. on Thursday held a ground-breaking ceremony for a 145,000-square-foot expansion of its Aerospace Manufacturing Center in Westminster. The expansion will enhance the manufacturing and production capabilities of Ball’s subsidiary, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Inc., based in Boulder. John Hayes, chairman, president and chief executive of Ball Corp., said the expansion will allow the company to “keep pace with projected growth and meet the needs of the cust... Read more

  • Back to the moon in Orion in 2 years: Space industry is energized by the possibility
    Posted in In the News on April 5, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    Colorado Springs — The U.S. space industry is suddenly hustling to launch NASA astronauts around the moon in an Colorado-developed Orion capsule in 2019 or even sooner, making the country’s next lunar mission earlier by at least two years and hastening preparations to reach Mars by 2033. The timeline for NASA sending astronauts on ambitious missions has been transformed by President Donald Trump taking office, Congress showing bipartisan support for funding deep-space exploration, and the maturi... Read more

  • NTSB says several factors, including helicopter design, caused fatal Frisco Flight For Life crash
    Posted in In the News on March 29, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    WASHINGTON D.C. –The widow of a Flight for Life pilot who died in a fiery chopper crash in Frisco is reacting to National Transportation Safety Board findings that helicopter design flaws contributed to her husband’s death. 9Wants to Know reporter Chris Vanderveen was the only Denver reporter at Tuesday’s hearing and interviewed Karen Mahany following the 3-hour long hearing. Days after the death of her husband, Pat, Karen Mahany pledged to protect the legacy of a man who had logged more than 1... Read more

  • House lawmakers debate how rigorously to regulate activities in space
    Posted in In the News on March 8, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Aerospace

    WASHINGTON — The Final Frontier needs boundaries, too. With private entrepreneurs eager to launch tourists into Low Earth Orbit, service satellites and mine the moon, lawmakers are debating what sorts of regulations should be adopted to manage the increased commerce expected to take place in space over the next decade. Partisan differences over the role that government should play quickly emerged at a House Science, Space and Technology subcommittee hearing Wednesday. Republicans advocated a mod... Read more

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