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California Aerospace Week marks a unique opportunity to celebrate our state’s leading role in the industry and reflect on how we can continue to advance California’s competitiveness in aerospace innovation.

California has long been a leader in innovation that has transformed our local and national economies, and has renewed our commitment to space exploration by American astronauts flying on American-made rockets from American soil. With each ride American astronauts hitch with the Russians to the International Space Station costing the United States $70 million, unshackling our commercial space capability should be a top priority to our exploration efforts.

To achieve this, our California businesses need an economic and regulatory climate conducive to job growth and risk-taking. Let’s let our innovators continue to innovate so that our future in space exploration is no longer reliant on Russian rockets or engines.