Gardner Commends Maxar Selection to Build, Fly First Element of NASA’s Lunar Gateway

Washington, D.C. – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, today released the following statement applauding the announcement that Maxar Technologies in Westminster, Colorado has been selected by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to build and perform a spaceflight demonstration of the lunar Gateway’s power and propulsion element spacecraft. The power and propulsion element will serve as a fundamental component for NASA’s efforts to land American astronauts on the surface of the Moon by 2024.   

“This is exciting news and yet another sign that Colorado truly is first in space. Our state’s depth of workforce talent, innovation in industry, institutions of higher education, national labs, and unparalleled quality of life provides a supportive and innovative ecosystem for the aerospace industry,” said Senator Gardner. “I’ll continue to support the critical work our men and women are doing as well as advocate for policies that ensure Colorado and the United States remain the world’s leader in space exploration.”

Senator Gardner is a strong advocate for Colorado’s aerospace industry. He has fought to bring new space jobs to Colorado, and serves on a key committee with oversight of U.S. space and aerospace policies. 

NOTE: View the press release from Maxar Technologies here



Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.