Amended in Assembly March 17, 2015

California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

Assembly Concurrent ResolutionNo. 43


Introduced by Assembly Member O'Donnell

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(Principal coauthor: Assembly Member Hadley)

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March 9, 2015


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

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

ACR 43, as amended, 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.

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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

P2    1WHEREAS, California is home to many superb sites of air and
2space activity, including Vandenberg Air Force Base, two Federal
3Aviation Administration-licensed launch sites, the Mojave Air and
4Spaceport, more than 20 astronomical observatories, multiple
5international airports, many important defense aerospace bases,
6and hundreds of business and general aviation airfields; and

7WHEREAS, California is also home to three National
8Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) research and
9engineering centers. These centers are recognized as the Ames
10Research Center, the NASA Neil A. Armstrong Flight Research
11Center, formerly known as the Dryden Flight Research Center,
12and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL); and

13WHEREAS, California has led the nation in aeronautical firsts
14and California’s aerospace industry produced many of the
15significant and record-breaking aircraft that are now represented
16in The Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum.
17The Spirit of St. Louis, which in 1927 made the first solo nonstop
18transatlantic flight from New York to Paris, was designed and built
19in California by Ryan Airlines and made Charles Lindbergh an
20international hero. The Douglas DC-3, recognized as the most
21successful airliner in history, dominating both commercial and
22military air transportation from its introduction in 1935 until after
23World War II, was designed and built in California by the Douglas
24Aircraft Company. The Space Shuttle was designed, built,
25assembled, and tested in California. California is home to Edwards
26Air Force Base, the site of five test flights of the Shuttle Enterprise,
27 the landing site of 54 Space Shuttle missions, and the site of the
28199 X-15 missions; and

29WHEREAS, Edwards Air Force Base, known for its notable
30aeronautical achievements, was the location of many first flights
31of American aircraft, shuttles, and experimental jets flown from
32Rogers Dry Lake in the Mojave Desert of Kern County. America’s
33first jet, XP-59A, was first flown in California. General Charles
34“Chuck” Yeager made world history in California on October 14,
351947, when he became the first man to fly Mach 1, faster than the
36speed of sound, while piloting the Bell X-1 rocket plane. The rocket
37powered X-15, flown by former State Senator William J. “Pete”
38Knight, attained a speed of Mach 6.7 (4,520 miles per hour), a
39speed that remains, to this day, the highest ever attained in a
P3    1manned aircraft. The Rutan Model 76 Voyager was the first aircraft
2to fly around the world without stopping or refueling; and

3WHEREAS, California has led the nation in firsts in human
4space exploration, including the manufacture of the Apollo 11
5command module that carried the first humans to the surface of
6our moon; the manufacture and landing of the Space Shuttle
7orbiters, the first reusable space vehicles, which include the
8Endeavour, on display at the California Science Center; and the
9manufacture and recovery of the SpaceX Dragon capsule and
10Falcon launch vehicle, the first privately funded space exploration
11system; and

12WHEREAS, California has led the nation in firsts in robotic
13space exploration, including the Explorer 1 Earth observation
14satellite as America’s first successful spacecraft, the Mariner 2 as
15the first spacecraft to explore another planet, the Viking landers
16as the first spacecrafts to perform experiments on another planet,
17and the development of the Pioneer 10 spacecraft as the first to
18exit our solar system; and

19WHEREAS, Californians, through NASA and JPL, build,
20manage, and operate the majority of the spacecraft exploring our
21solar system, including the most recent Mars Science Laboratory
22“Curiosity,” and those spacecraft exploring other solar systems,
23like the Kepler exoplanet discovery mission, as well as the SOFIA,
24the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, that
25administers the Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors program for
26educators who have inspired the dreams of California youth; and

27WHEREAS, California aerospace industries build the impressive
28Northrop Grumman Global Hawk Unmanned Aircraft Systems,
29engineer radical new aircraft at the famous Lockheed Martin
30“Skunk Works” Advanced Development Programs facility, and
31create systems that assist and protect members of the United States
32Armed Forces through military communications, situational
33awareness, satellite-guided ordnance, and technologies yet to be
34dreamed of; and

35WHEREAS, California will continue to lead in aerospace
36education, through its superb Science, Technology, Engineering
37and Mathematics (STEM) education programs and at its
38world-class research universities, and thus will continue to lead
39the world with the innovation that enabled advanced meteorological
40forecasting, the Global Positioning System, NextGen tools for air
P4    1traffic management, green aviation, sophisticated wind tunnels
2and test facilities, and advanced supercomputing and robotics; and

3WHEREAS, The American Institute of Aeronautics and
4Astronautics (AIAA), in conjunction with the Aerospace States
5Association (ASA), California Chapter, is sponsoring events to
6highlight the contributions of the aerospace community to
7California, including panel discussions and educational displays
8during March 2015; now, therefore, be it

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9WHEREAS, The California aerospace industry is a powerful,
10reliable source of employment, innovation, and export income,
11directly employing more than 203,000 people in California and
12supporting more than 511,000 jobs in related fields resulting in
13$2.9 billion in annual state income tax revenues; and

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14WHEREAS, The California aerospace industry leads the United
15States in aerospace and defense services, including the design and
16manufacture of aircraft, spacecraft, and commercial satellites, as
17well as a myriad of systems and instruments for search, detection,
18navigation, guidance, and radio and television broadcast and
19wireless communication systems; and

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20WHEREAS, California is home to many superb sites of air and
21space activity, including Vandenberg Air Force Base, two Federal
22Aviation Administration-licensed launch sites, the Mojave Air and
23Spaceport, more than 20 astronomical observatories, multiple
24international airports, many important defense aerospace bases,
25and hundreds of business and general aviation airfields; and

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26WHEREAS, California is also home to three National
27Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) research and
28engineering centers. These centers are recognized as the Ames
29Research Center, the NASA Neil A. Armstrong Flight Research
30Center, formerly known as the Dryden Flight Research Center,
31and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL); and

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32WHEREAS, California has led the nation in aeronautical firsts
33and California’s aerospace industry produced many of the
34significant and record-breaking aircraft that are now represented
35in the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum.
36The Spirit of St. Louis, which in 1927 performed the first solo
37nonstop transatlantic flight from New York to Paris, France, was
38designed and built in California by Ryan Airlines and made
39Charles Lindbergh an international hero. The Douglas DC-3,
40recognized as the most successful airliner in history, dominating
P5    1both commercial and military air transportation from its
2introduction in 1935 until after World War II, was designed and
3built in California by the Douglas Aircraft Company. The Space
4Shuttle was designed, built, assembled, and tested in California.
5California is home to Edwards Air Force Base, the site of five test
6flights of the Shuttle Enterprise, the landing site of 54 Space Shuttle
7missions, and the site of the 199 X-15 missions; and

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8WHEREAS, Edwards Air Force Base, known for its notable
9aeronautical achievements, was the location of many first flights
10of American aircraft, shuttles, and experimental jets flown from
11Rogers Dry Lake in the Mojave Desert of Kern County. America’s
12first jet, XP-59A, was first flown in California. General Charles
13“Chuck” Yeager made world history in California on October 14,
141947, when he became the first man to fly Mach 1, faster than the
15speed of sound, while piloting the Bell X-1 rocket plane. The rocket
16powered X-15, flown by former State Senator William J. “Pete”
17Knight, attained a speed of Mach 6.7 (4,520 miles per hour), a
18speed that remains, to this day, the highest ever attained in a
19manned aircraft. The Rutan Model 76 Voyager was the first aircraft
20to fly around the world without stopping or refueling; and

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21WHEREAS, California has led the nation in firsts in human
22space exploration, including the manufacture of the Apollo 11
23command module that carried the first humans to the surface of
24our moon; the manufacture and landing of the Space Shuttle
25orbiters, the first reusable space vehicles, which include the
26Endeavour, on display at the California Science Center; and the
27manufacture and recovery of the SpaceX Dragon capsule and
28Falcon launch vehicle, the first privately funded space exploration
29system. The SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft will make its 5th
30commercial cargo resupply flight to the International Space Station
31in 2015; and

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32WHEREAS, California has led the nation in firsts in robotic
33space exploration, including the Explorer 1 Earth observation
34satellite as America’s first successful spacecraft, the Mariner 2 as
35the first spacecraft to explore another planet, the Viking landers
36as the first spacecrafts to perform experiments on another planet,
37and the development of the Pioneer 10 spacecraft as the first to
38exit our solar system; and

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39WHEREAS, Californians, through NASA and JPL, build,
40manage, and operate the majority of the spacecraft exploring our
P6    1solar system, including the most recent Mars Science Laboratory
2“Curiosity,” and those spacecraft exploring other solar systems,
3like the Kepler exoplanet discovery mission, as well as the SOFIA,
4the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, that
5administers the Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors program for
6educators who have inspired the dreams of California youth; and

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7WHEREAS, Sally Kristen Ride, Ph.D., who was born in
8California, stands in history as a pioneer in space exploration and
9academia, and serves as a role model for others, by virtue of having
10been the first American woman and the youngest person to go into
11space when she traveled aboard the Challenger spacecraft on June
1218, 1983; and

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13WHEREAS, California aerospace industries assemble the
14legendary Boeing C-17 Globemaster III, build the impressive
15Northrop Grumman Global Hawk Unmanned Aircraft Systems,
16engineer radical new aircraft at the famous Lockheed Martin
17“Skunk Works” Advanced Development Programs facility, and
18create systems that assist and protect members of the Armed Forces
19of the United States through military communications, situational
20awareness, satellite-guided ordnance, and technologies yet to be
21dreamed of; and

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22WHEREAS, Los Angeles Air Force Base, home of the Space and
23Missile System Center (SMC) since 1962, carries out vitally
24important work, including managing research, development, and
25acquisition of aerospace technology for military space systems,
26and continues to be an irreplaceable economic hub and center of
27military space acquisition excellence for the nation; and

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28WHEREAS, California will continue to lead in aerospace
29education, through its superb science, technology, engineering,
30and mathematics (STEM) education programs and at its
31world-class research universities, and thus will continue to lead
32the world with the innovation that enabled advanced
33meteorological forecasting, the Global Positioning System,
34NextGen tools for air traffic management, green aviation,
35sophisticated wind tunnels and test facilities, and advanced
36supercomputing and robotics; and

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37WHEREAS, The American Institute of Aeronautics and
38Astronautics (AIAA), and the Aerospace States Association (ASA),
39California Chapter, are sponsoring a week of events to highlight
P7    1the contributions of the aerospace community to California; now,
2therefore, be it

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3Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate
4thereof concurring,
That the Legislature recognizes the
5contributions of the aerospace industry to the history, economy,
6security, and educational system of California, its communities,
7and its citizens by proclaiming the week of March 23, 2015,
8through March 27, 2015, as California Aerospace Week; and be
9it further

10Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies
11of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.



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