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    AIAA Executive Director Testifies on Capitol Hill about Trajectory of our Nation’s Space Program

    Magnus Calls for Committed Long-Term Strategy and Sufficient Resources

    November 9, 2017Reston, Va. – American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Executive Director Dr. Sandra H. Magnus testified today before the House Subcommittee on Space. The hearing, “An Update on NASA Exploration Systems Development,” examined the current state of our nation’s human spaceflight program.

    In her testimony, Magnus highlighted the hard work and great progress that has advanced human spaceflight in the past, including the many contributions by private industry. She noted that the increasing and appropriate engagement by private enterprise in low Earth orbit (LEO) frees the federal government to drive the expansion of human activity from LEO to the moon, Mars, and beyond. To do so successfully, Magnus stressed that “the United States needs a comprehensive national space strategy” that commits to exploration beyond LEO, creates an economic sphere in LEO, addresses national security needs, and drives the “norms” for engagement in space for humanity. Such a strategy, accompanied by the continuous long-term commitment for its execution will allow us to leverage our resources for the maximum benefit of achieving all goals identified. She added that sufficient and stable resources must be allocated to ensure the future success of the U.S. space program.


    About AIAA
    The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is nearly 30,000 engineers and scientists, and 95 corporate members, from 85 countries who are dedicated to advancing the global aerospace profession. The world’s largest aerospace technical society, the Institute convenes five yearly forums; publishes books, technical journals, and Aerospace America; hosts a collection of 160,000 technical papers; develops and maintains standards; honors and celebrates achievement; and advocates on policy issues. AIAA serves aerospace professionals around the world—who are shaping the future of aerospace—by providing the tools, insights, and collaborative exchanges to advance the state of the art in engineering and science for aviation, space, and defense. For more information, visit, or follow us on Twitter @AIAA.



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