Space, Science, and Research
Colorado’s role in science and space is recognized globally, from the ORION program which aims to take humans to Mars, to NORAD and its famous Santa Claus tracker. Our state is a leader in this field and I am committed to expanding these efforts.
Colorado has positioned itself as a hub of space exploration. We have the third largest aerospace sector and are first per capita in the country for private aerospace employees. Colorado companies are out front, conducting research and creating the infrastructure to get humans to Mars and beyond.
To bolster Coloradans efforts, I worked to secure a provision in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Transition Authorization Act, signed into law by President Trump in 2017, to require the Administration to develop a timeline for a manned mission to Mars. Also included in the bill was a provision I authored to authorize NASA to consider satellite servicing options for future programs, aimed at encouraging NASA to examine the possibility of servicing and refurbishing existing satellites to extend their lifespan and capabilities.
With a growing prominence in space and science, we must continue robust investment in research, science education, and innovation in technology. Colorado is home to several institutions whose research spans from the ocean floor to the atmosphere. To further Colorado’s interests, I was the proud champion of the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act (AICA), bipartisan legislation that President Obama signed into law in 2017. AICA updates the federal approach to our nation’s research and development enterprise and ensures that the United States remains competitive with the world in this field.
As a Member of the Senate, I am proud to serve on the Commerce Subcommittee on Space, Science and Competitiveness, working to establish our country’s leadership and innovation in space and science. I’ve worked across the aisle to help introduce the bipartisan Space Weather Research and Forecasting Act. Our legislation, which passed the Senate in 2017, seeks to improve efforts to predict and mitigate the effects of space weather events, which can have significant economic and security implications, on Earth and in Space.