Amended in Assembly March 23, 2015

Amended in Assembly March 17, 2015

California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

Assembly Concurrent ResolutionNo. 43

Introduced by Assembly Member O'Donnell

(Principal coauthor: Assembly Member Hadley)

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(Coauthors: Assembly Members Achadjian, Travis Allen, Atkins, Baker, Bigelow, Bloom, Bonilla, Bonta, Brown, Burke, Calderon, Campos, Chang, Chau, Chávez, Chiu, Chu, Cooley, Cooper, Dababneh, Dahle, Daly, Dodd, Eggman, Frazier, Beth Gaines, Gallagher, Cristina Garcia, Eduardo Garcia, Gatto, Gipson, Gomez, Gonzalez, Gordon, Grove, Harper, Roger Hernández, Holden, Irwin, Jones, Jones-Sawyer, Kim, Lackey, Levine, Linder, Low, Maienschein, Mathis, Mayes, McCarty, Medina, Melendez, Mullin, Nazarian, Obernolte, Olsen, Patterson, Perea, Quirk, Rendon, Ridley-Thomas, Rodriguez, Salas, Santiago, Steinorth, Mark Stone, Thurmond, Ting, Wagner, Waldron, Weber, Wilk, Williams, and Wood)

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March 9, 2015

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


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.

P2    1WHEREAS, The California aerospace industry is a powerful,
2reliable source of employment, innovation, and export income,
3directly employing more than 203,000 people in California and
4supporting more than 511,000 jobs in related fields resulting in
5$2.9 billion in annual state income tax revenues; and

6WHEREAS, The California aerospace industry leads the United
7States in aerospace and defense services, including the design and
8manufacture of aircraft, spacecraft, and commercial satellites, as
9well as a myriad of systems and instruments for search, detection,
10navigation, guidance, and radio and television broadcast and
11wireless communication systems; and

12WHEREAS, California is home to many superb sites of air and
13space activity, including Vandenberg Air Force Base, two Federal
14Aviation Administration-licensed launch sites, the Mojave Air and
15Spaceport, more than 20 astronomical observatories, multiple
16international airports, many important defense aerospace bases,
17and hundreds of business and general aviation airfields; and

18WHEREAS, California is also home to three National
19Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) research and
20engineering centers. These centers are recognized as the Ames
21Research Center, the NASA Neil A. Armstrong Flight Research
22Center, formerly known as the Dryden Flight Research Center,
23and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL); and

24WHEREAS, California has led the nation in aeronautical firsts
25and California’s aerospace industry produced many of the
26significant and record-breaking aircraft that are now represented
27in the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum.
28The Spirit of St. Louis, which in 1927 performed the first solo
29nonstop transatlantic flight from New York to Paris, France, was
30designed and built in California by Ryan Airlines and made Charles
31Lindbergh an international hero. The Douglas DC-3, recognized
32as the most successful airliner in history, dominating both
33commercial and military air transportation from its introduction
34in 1935 until after World War II, was designed and built in
35California by the Douglas Aircraft Company. The Space Shuttle
36was designed, built, assembled, and tested in California. California
P3    1is home to Edwards Air Force Base, the site of five test flights of
2the Shuttle Enterprise, the landing site of 54 Space Shuttle
3missions, and the site of the 199 X-15 missions; and

4WHEREAS, Edwards Air Force Base, known for its notable
5aeronautical achievements, was the location of many first flights
6of American aircraft, shuttles, and experimental jets flown from
7Rogers Dry Lake in the Mojave Desert of Kern County. America’s
8first jet, XP-59A, was first flown in California. General Charles
9“Chuck” Yeager made world history in California on October 14,
101947, when he became the first man to fly Mach 1, faster than the
11speed of sound, while piloting the Bell X-1 rocket plane. The rocket
12powered X-15, flown by former State Senator William J. “Pete”
13Knight, attained a speed of Mach 6.7 (4,520 miles per hour), a
14speed that remains, to this day, the highest ever attained in a
15manned aircraft. The Rutan Model 76 Voyager was the first aircraft
16to fly around the world without stopping or refueling; and

17WHEREAS, California has led the nation in firsts in human
18space exploration, including the manufacture of the Apollo 11
19command module that carried the first humans to the surface of
20our moon; the manufacture and landing of the Space Shuttle
21orbiters, the first reusable space vehicles, which include the
22Endeavour, on display at the California Science Center; and the
23manufacture and recovery of the SpaceX Dragon capsule and
24Falcon launch vehicle, the first privately funded space exploration
25system. The SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft will make its 5th
26commercial cargo resupply flight to the International Space Station
27in 2015; and

28WHEREAS, California has led the nation in firsts in robotic
29space exploration, including the Explorer 1 Earth observation
30satellite as America’s first successful spacecraft, the Mariner 2 as
31the first spacecraft to explore another planet, the Viking landers
32as the first spacecrafts to perform experiments on another planet,
33and the development of the Pioneer 10 spacecraft as the first to
34exit our solar system; and

35WHEREAS, Californians, through NASA and JPL, build,
36manage, and operate the majority of the spacecraft exploring our
37solar system, including the most recent Mars Science Laboratory
38 “Curiosity,” and those spacecraft exploring other solar systems,
39like the Kepler exoplanet discovery mission, as well as the SOFIA,
40the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, that
P4    1administers the Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors program for
2educators who have inspired the dreams of California youth; and

3WHEREAS, Sally Kristen Ride, Ph.D., who was born in
4California, stands in history as a pioneer in space exploration and
5academia, and serves as a role model for others, by virtue of having
6been the first American woman and the youngest person to go into
7space when she traveled aboard the Challenger spacecraft on June
818, 1983; and

9WHEREAS, California aerospace industries assemble the
10legendary Boeing C-17 Globemaster III, build the impressive
11Northrop Grumman Global Hawk Unmanned Aircraft Systems,
12engineer radical new aircraft at the famous Lockheed Martin
13“Skunk Works” Advanced Development Programs facility, and
14create systems that assist and protect members of the Armed Forces
15of the United States through military communications, situational
16awareness, satellite-guided ordnance, and technologies yet to be
17dreamed of; and

18WHEREAS, Los Angeles Air Force Base, home of the Space
19and Missile System Center (SMC) since 1962, carries out vitally
20important work, including managing research, development, and
21acquisition of aerospace technology for military space systems,
22and continues to be an irreplaceable economic hub and center of
23military space acquisition excellence for the nation; and

24WHEREAS, California will continue to lead in aerospace
25education, through its superb science, technology, engineering,
26and mathematics (STEM) education programs and at its world-class
27research universities, and thus will continue to lead the world with
28 the innovation that enabled advanced meteorological forecasting,
29the Global Positioning System, NextGen tools for air traffic
30management, green aviation, sophisticated wind tunnels and test
31facilities, and advanced supercomputing and robotics; and

32WHEREAS, The American Institute of Aeronautics and
33Astronautics (AIAA), and the Aerospace States Association (ASA),
34California Chapter, are sponsoring a week of events to highlight
35the contributions of the aerospace community to California; now,
36therefore, be it

37Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate
38thereof concurring,
That the Legislature recognizes the
39contributions of the aerospace industry to the history, economy,
40security, and educational system of California, its communities,
P5    1and its citizens by proclaiming the week of March 23, 2015,
2through March 27, 2015, as California Aerospace Week; and be
3it further

4Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies
5of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.