California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

Assembly Concurrent ResolutionNo. 43

Introduced by Assembly Member O'Donnell

March 9, 2015

Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 43—Relative to California Aerospace Week.


ACR 43, as introduced, O'Donnell. California Aerospace Week.

This measure would recognize the contributions of the aerospace industry to the history, economy, security, and educational system of California, its communities, and its citizens by proclaiming the week of March 23, 2015, through March 27, 2015, as California Aerospace Week.

Fiscal committee: no.

P1    1WHEREAS, The California aerospace industry is a powerful,
2reliable source of employment, innovation, and export income,
3directly employing more than 200,000 people in California and
4supporting more than 307,000 jobs in related fields; and

5WHEREAS, The California aerospace industry leads the United
6States in aerospace and defense services, including the design and
7manufacture of aircraft, spacecraft, and commercial satellites, as
8well as a myriad of systems and instruments for search, detection,
9navigation, guidance, and radio and television broadcast and
10wireless communication systems; and

11WHEREAS, California is home to many superb sites of air and
12space activity, including Vandenberg Air Force Base, two Federal
13Aviation Administration-licensed launch sites, the Mojave Air and
P2    1Spaceport, more than 20 astronomical observatories, multiple
2international airports, many important defense aerospace bases,
3and hundreds of business and general aviation airfields; and

4WHEREAS, California is also home to three National
5Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) research and
6engineering centers. These centers are recognized as the Ames
7Research Center, the NASA Neil A. Armstrong Flight Research
8Center, formerly known as the Dryden Flight Research Center,
9and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL); and

10WHEREAS, California has led the nation in aeronautical firsts
11and California’s aerospace industry produced many of the
12significant and record-breaking aircraft that are now represented
13in The Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum.
14The Spirit of St. Louis, which in 1927 made the first solo nonstop
15transatlantic flight from New York to Paris, was designed and built
16in California by Ryan Airlines and made Charles Lindbergh an
17international hero. The Douglas DC-3, recognized as the most
18successful airliner in history, dominating both commercial and
19military air transportation from its introduction in 1935 until after
20World War II, was designed and built in California by the Douglas
21Aircraft Company. The Space Shuttle was designed, built,
22assembled, and tested in California. California is home to Edwards
23Air Force Base, the site of five test flights of the Shuttle Enterprise,
24 the landing site of 54 Space Shuttle missions, and the site of the
25199 X-15 missions; and

26WHEREAS, Edwards Air Force Base, known for its notable
27aeronautical achievements, was the location of many first flights
28of American aircraft, shuttles, and experimental jets flown from
29Rogers Dry Lake in the Mojave Desert of Kern County. America’s
30first jet, XP-59A, was first flown in California. General Charles
31“Chuck” Yeager made world history in California on October 14,
321947, when he became the first man to fly Mach 1, faster than the
33speed of sound, while piloting the Bell X-1 rocket plane. The rocket
34powered X-15, flown by former State Senator William J. “Pete”
35Knight, attained a speed of Mach 6.7 (4,520 miles per hour), a
36speed that remains, to this day, the highest ever attained in a
37manned aircraft. The Rutan Model 76 Voyager was the first aircraft
38to fly around the world without stopping or refueling; and

39WHEREAS, California has led the nation in firsts in human
40space exploration, including the manufacture of the Apollo 11
P3    1command module that carried the first humans to the surface of
2our moon; the manufacture and landing of the Space Shuttle
3orbiters, the first reusable space vehicles, which include the
4Endeavour, on display at the California Science Center; and the
5manufacture and recovery of the SpaceX Dragon capsule and
6Falcon launch vehicle, the first privately funded space exploration
7system; and

8WHEREAS, California has led the nation in firsts in robotic
9space exploration, including the Explorer 1 Earth observation
10satellite as America’s first successful spacecraft, the Mariner 2 as
11the first spacecraft to explore another planet, the Viking landers
12as the first spacecrafts to perform experiments on another planet,
13and the development of the Pioneer 10 spacecraft as the first to
14exit our solar system; and

15WHEREAS, Californians, through NASA and JPL, build,
16manage, and operate the majority of the spacecraft exploring our
17solar system, including the most recent Mars Science Laboratory
18“Curiosity,” and those spacecraft exploring other solar systems,
19like the Kepler exoplanet discovery mission, as well as the SOFIA,
20the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, that
21administers the Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors program for
22educators who have inspired the dreams of California youth; and

23WHEREAS, California aerospace industries build the impressive
24Northrop Grumman Global Hawk Unmanned Aircraft Systems,
25engineer radical new aircraft at the famous Lockheed Martin
26“Skunk Works” Advanced Development Programs facility, and
27create systems that assist and protect members of the United States
28Armed Forces through military communications, situational
29awareness, satellite-guided ordnance, and technologies yet to be
30dreamed of; and

31WHEREAS, California will continue to lead in aerospace
32education, through its superb Science, Technology, Engineering
33and Mathematics (STEM) education programs and at its
34world-class research universities, and thus will continue to lead
35the world with the innovation that enabled advanced meteorological
36forecasting, the Global Positioning System, NextGen tools for air
37traffic management, green aviation, sophisticated wind tunnels
38and test facilities, and advanced supercomputing and robotics; and

39WHEREAS, The American Institute of Aeronautics and
40Astronautics (AIAA), in conjunction with the Aerospace States
P4    1Association (ASA), California Chapter, is sponsoring events to
2highlight the contributions of the aerospace community to
3California, including panel discussions and educational displays
4during March 2015; now, therefore, be it

5Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate
6thereof concurring,
That the Legislature recognizes the
7contributions of the aerospace industry to the history, economy,
8security, and educational system of California, its communities,
9and its citizens by proclaiming the week of March 23, 2015,
10through March 27, 2015, as California Aerospace Week; and be
11it further

12Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies
13of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.