26 March 2014
In a hearing about California's role in leading the nation into space, lawmakers on Tuesday were briefed on the state's aerospace industry. Highlights included the Hawthorne, CA-based SpaceX that in 2012 became the first private company to successfully dock a commercial spacecraft to the ISS; and the Mojave, CA-based Virgin Galactic, which is rapidly moving toward its goal of building a private fleet of space vehicles. The hearing was conducted during AIAA’s California Aerospace Week, a weeklong effort by industry to call attention to its crucial role in the California economy. Sandra Magnus, executive director of AIAA, said the industry provides 162,000 jobs in the state with a $15 billion annual payroll and that California-based operations account for 9 percent of global aerospace revenues. (Image: Assemblymember Muratsuchi engages Dr. Sandy Magnus and Amish Rajan at joint Hearing)
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