Sen. Warner Vows to Fight Hard for Virginia Space Industry

Launch complexes on Wallops Island, Virginia

Sen. Warner says he’ll step up for NASA Langley
Daily Press

U.S. Senator Mark Warner, D-Va., acknowledged that Virginia’s Congressional delegation hasn’t been as vocal supporting NASA as their counterparts in Florida, Texas, and other states. On Thursday at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Warner said he would change that.

“That’s where I’m hoping to pick up the baton,” he said after mentioning U.S. Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Florida, who fought hard for an additional Space Shuttle flight, thus staving off thousands of layoffs at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral.

Congress in September ended a month’s long stalemate by agreeing to a new NASA policy that, in addition to the shuttle flight, promotes commercial space flight and supports the development of a heavy-lift rocket to send people to asteroids and Mars.

Warner said the policy strikes the “right balance” in helping NASA move forward after President Barack Obama halted Constellation, the agency’s underfunded return mission to the moon.

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