Senate ResolutionNo. 60

Introduced by Senators Fuller, Allen, Anderson, Bates, Beall, Berryhill, Block, Cannella, De León, Gaines, Galgiani, Glazer, Hall, Hertzberg, Hill, Hueso, Huff, Jackson, Liu, Moorlach, Morrell, Nguyen, Nielsen, Pan, Roth, Runner, Stone, and Vidak

February 12, 2016

Senate Resolution No. 60—Relative to California Aerospace Days.

P1    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, the Ames Research Center, the NASA Neil
21A. Armstrong Flight Research Center, formerly known as the
22Dryden Flight Research Center, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory
23(JPL); and

P2    1WHEREAS, California has led the nation in aeronautical firsts
2and California’s aerospace industry produced many of the
3significant and record-breaking aircraft that are now represented
4in the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum.
5The Spirit of St. Louis, which in 1927 performed the first solo
6nonstop transatlantic flight from New York to Paris, France, was
7designed and built in California by Ryan Airlines and made Charles
8Lindbergh an international hero. The Douglas DC-3, recognized
9as the most successful airliner in history, dominating both
10commercial and military air transportation from its introduction
11in 1935 until after World War II, was designed and built in
12California by the Douglas Aircraft Company. The Space Shuttle
13was designed, built, assembled, and tested in California. California
14is home to Edwards Air Force Base, the site of five test flights of
15the Shuttle Enterprise, the landing site of 54 Space Shuttle
16missions, and the site of the 199 X-15 missions; and

17WHEREAS, Edwards Air Force Base, known for its notable
18aeronautical achievements, was the location of many first flights
19of American aircraft, shuttles, and experimental jets flown from
20Rogers Dry Lake in the Mojave Desert of Kern County. America’s
21first jet, XP-59A, was first flown in California. General Charles
22“Chuck” Yeager made world history in California on October 14,
231947, when he became the first man to fly Mach 1, faster than the
24speed of sound, while piloting the Bell X-1 rocket plane. The rocket
25powered X-15, flown by former State Senator William J. “Pete”
26Knight, attained a speed of Mach 6.7 (4,520 miles per hour), a
27speed that remains, to this day, the highest ever attained in a
28manned aircraft. The Rutan Model 76 Voyager was the first aircraft
29to fly around the world without stopping or refueling; and

30WHEREAS, California has led the nation in firsts in human
31space exploration, including the manufacture of the Apollo 11
32command module that carried the first humans to the surface of
33our moon; the manufacture and landing of the Space Shuttle
34orbiters, the first reusable space vehicles, which include the
35Endeavour, on display at the California Science Center; and the
36manufacture and recovery of the SpaceX Dragon capsule and
37Falcon launch vehicle, the first privately funded space exploration
38system. The Space X Dragon cargo spacecraft has made 6
39successful commercial cargo resupply flights to the International
40Space Station; and

P3    1WHEREAS, California has led the nation in firsts in robotic
2space exploration, including the Explorer 1 Earth observation
3satellite as America’s first successful spacecraft, the Mariner 2 as
4the first spacecraft to explore another planet, the Viking landers
5as the first spacecrafts to perform experiments on another planet,
6and the development of the Pioneer 10 spacecraft as the first to
7exit our solar system; and

8WHEREAS, Californians, through NASA and JPL, build,
9manage, and operate the majority of the spacecraft exploring our
10solar system, including the most recent Mars Science Laboratory
11“Curiosity,” and those spacecraft exploring other solar systems,
12like the Kepler exoplanet discovery mission, as well as the SOFIA,
13the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, that
14administers the Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors program for
15educators who have inspired the dreams of California youth; and

16WHEREAS, Sally Kristen Ride, Ph.D., who was born in
17California, stands in history as a pioneer in space exploration and
18academia and serves as a role model for others, by virtue of having
19been the first American woman and the youngest person to go into
20space when she traveled aboard the Challenger spacecraft on June
2118, 1983; and

22WHEREAS, California aerospace industries assemble the
23legendary Boeing C-17 Globemaster III, 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 Armed Forces
28of the United States through military communications, situational
29awareness, satellite-guided ordnance, and technologies yet to be
30dreamed of; and

31WHEREAS, Los Angeles Air Force Base, home of the Space
32and Missile Systems Center (SMC) since 1962, carries out vitally
33important work, including managing research, development, and
34acquisition of aerospace technology for military space systems,
35and continues to be an irreplaceable economic hub and center of
36military space acquisition excellence for the nation; and

37WHEREAS, California is home to the burgeoning private space
38industry with SpaceX and Virgin Galactic having administrative
39and manufacturing facilities located in the state and producing the
40future spacecrafts that will launch the next generation of military,
P4    1governmental, scientific, and commercial satellites into space,
2resupply the International Space Station, and provide private
3citizens the opportunity to travel into space; and

4WHEREAS, California will continue to lead in aerospace
5education, through its superb science, technology, engineering,
6and mathematics (STEM) education programs and at its world-class
7research universities, and thus will continue to lead the world with
8the innovation that enabled advanced meteorological forecasting,
9the Global Positioning System, NextGen tools for air traffic
10management, green aviation, sophisticated wind tunnels and test
11facilities, and advanced supercomputing and robotics; and now,
12therefore, be it

13Resolved by the Senate of the State of California, That the Senate
14recognizes the contributions of the aerospace industry to the
15history, economy, security, and educational system of California,
16its communities, and its citizens by proclaiming the days of
17February 29, 2016, and March 1, 2016, as California Aerospace
18Days; and be it further

19Resolved, That the Secretary of the Senate transmit copies of
20this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.