Not only does our aerospace industry contribute to Colorado’s economy, but it also enables us to push the current boundaries of technology, innovation, and exploration. My number one aerospace priority is to achieve a long-term plan and funding for NASA to send humans to Mars by 2033. We need an all-hands-on-deck approach to make that happen. We’ll need to create things we’ve only dreamed of, and that kind of innovation will create good-paying jobs, enhance our economy, and nurture the forward-looking spirit we have as Americans.
Colorado is home to some of the most ambitious and important aerospace endeavors in the nation, such as:
- JPSS-1 and the GOES weather satellites, both of which are focused on improving the accuracy of our weather forecasting models;
- Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) project, which analyzes the upper atmosphere of Mars;
- Total Solar Irradiance Sensor (TSIS), which will help improve measurements of the sun’s energy; and
- The Orion Multipurpose Crew Vehicle, which will take astronauts deeper and farther into space than we’ve ever gone before.
I’m working to advance our aerospace priorities because they’re vital to Colorado’s aerospace economy and to humanity’s exploration of space.