Virginia is home to NASA Langley Research Center & 280 aerospace companies that employ over 28,000 individuals

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) today applauded the inclusion
of the Aeronautics Innovation
- legislation he introduced to help boost aeronautics industry innovation,
research and development - in the NASA Authorization Act that was approved
today by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation. The
NASA funding bill, led by Commerce Committee leaders Sens. Ted Cruz
(R-TX), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), Roger Wicker (R-MS), and Maria Cantwell
(D-WA), would provide the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
(NASA) the clear direction needed to advance the nation's space
initiatives and investments and assert the United States' global
leadership in the final frontier.

"If we want to lead the way in aeronautics innovation, we have to make
decisive investments in long-term research and development," said Sen.
Warner. "I applaud my colleagues on the Commerce Committee for including
key provisions of my Aeronautics Innovation Act into this year's NASA
funding bill and for their work in getting this through the committee.
These provisions will help secure our nation's standing as the leader in
cutting-edge aeronautics innovation and technology."

Earlier this year, Sens. Warner and Jerry Moran (R-KS), co-chairs of the
Senate Aerospace Caucus, reintroduced the Aeronautics Innovation Act to
provide a five-year funding commitment to advance innovation and
supplement research in the aeronautics industry.

In 2017, the U.S. aerospace and defense industry produced approximately
2.4 million jobs and generated $865 billion in economic output. However,
without the proper strategy and investment, the U.S. risks falling behind
other industrialized nations in developing and advancing the next
generation of aircraft. Forecasts estimate that the world's demand for
passenger aircraft fleet above 100 seats will double over the next 20
years, generating between 35,000 and 40,000 new plane orders, which will
be worth more than $5 trillion by 2035.

In addition to advancing aeronautics industry innovation, research and
development, the NASA Authorization Act of

*         Authorize NASA to reimburse the Town of Chincoteague for the
purchase and installation of new production wells to replace contaminated
wells located on NASA Wallops Flight Facility property.

*         Support NASA's human spaceflight and exploration efforts to
return American astronauts to the Moon and prepare for future journeys to

*         Extend authorization for the International Space Station through
2030 and direct NASA to take steps to grow the "space economy."

*         Require the United States to maintain a continuous human
presence in low-Earth orbit through and beyond the useful life of the
International Space Station (ISS).

*         Support NASA's leadership in coordinating the development of
next generation spacesuits.

*         Leverage private sector investment to bolster human space

*         Authorize NASA's Enhanced Use Leasing (EUL) authority. EUL
allows companies to lease vacant or underutilized buildings owned by NASA
with lease proceeds helping to fund capital improvements at the NASA

*         Provide rapid acquisition authorities similar to those that have
proven successful at the Department of Defense and other agencies.

*         Direct NASA to maintain and upgrade irreplaceable rocket launch
and test infrastructure.

*         Support vital life and physical science research to ensure that
humans can live in deep space safely.

*         Direct NASA to improve upon its planetary defense measures in
order to protect Earth from asteroids and other near-Earth objects.

*         Affirm NASA's commitment to aeronautics research by supporting a
robust X-plane program as well as work on efficient propulsion concepts
and advanced composites.

*         Support NASA's STEM education and workforce efforts.

Last week, the President signed into law a
introduced by Sens. Warner and Tim Kaine (D-VA) to award the Congressional
Gold Medical to four African-American women scientists for their work at
NASA Langley.