Senator Knight to Co-Sponsor Third Annual Aerospace Week


By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley) – In collaboration with the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and NASA, Senator Steve Knight will co-sponsor California Aerospace Week along with Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi, March 24-26, in Sacramento, Calif.

Featuring a mix of panels, exhibits, hearings and discussions, the event will focus on the importance of aerospace to California. A proclamation will be read in the California State Assembly on the afternoon of March 24, proclaiming the week of March 24 – 28: “California Aerospace Week”

“California’s aerospace industry plays a critical role in ensuring our nation remains as a world leader in space exploration and aerospace technology development,” said Sandra Magnus, AIAA executive director. “The event allows us to speak to the legislature about the importance of aerospace to the state, and to call attention to the good things that their stalwart support of aerospace has brought about – from rovers on Mars, to advances in aircraft safety, to new and dynamic ways of engaging students on STEM subjects. It also allows us to discuss the importance of their continued support for aerospace, so the gains we have made in recent years are not squandered, and so that the people of California can continue to enjoy the economic and educational benefits that a thriving aerospace sector can provide.”

“America is a world leader in human space flight, and California is home to a numerous aerospace companies, many with a presence in my Senate district. These businesses are vital to our economy and jobs,” said Senator Steve Knight (R-Antelope Valley). We have always been a leader and innovator, a state that individuals and businesses are naturally drawn to.  We must provide a business environment that is conducive for thriving, prosperous aerospace industry. We should continually strive to make breakthroughs in science and technology that this state and this nation can be proud of, and events during Aerospace Week remind us that a robust aerospace industry is essential to California, and deserves to be celebrated. I am honored to sponsor this week’s events and proclaim March 24-28 as Aerospace Week in California.”

On Tuesday, March 25, three panel discussions, under the theme “Launch California: Leading the Nation Into Space,” will examine the overall importance of the aerospace industry to California, its positive contributions to the state’s economy, and the prospects for sustained and thriving future development of the industry. Panelists will include: Kish Rajan, director, Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development; Sandra Magnus, executive director, AIAA; Blake Bullock, director, civil air and space, business advanced systems development, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems; Simon “Pete” Worden, center director, NASA Ames Research Center; W. Michael Hawes, director, human spaceflight program, Washington Operations, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company; Darrell T. Huntley, vice president, Satellite Development Center, Space and Intelligence Systems, Boeing Network and Space Systems; George Whitesides, chief executive officer, Virgin Galactic; and Jordi Puig-Suari, Aerospace Engineering Department, California Polytechnic State University.

A roundtable discussion between industry leaders and the Assembly Select Committee on Aerospace and the Senate Select Committee on Dense and Aerospace will follow the panel discussions.

On March 25, exhibits, including an F/A-18 Super Hornet Advanced Cockpit Simulator, will be open to the public from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the west steps of the California State Capitol building.

California Aerospace Week is a jointly sponsored by the Senate Select Committee on Defense and Aerospace / Senator Steve Knight (R-Antelope Valley) and the Assembly Select Committee on Aerospace /Assembly Member Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance).

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