Sinema Leads Space and Aviation Hearing, Calls for Solutions to Space Exploration Challenges

May 14, 2019

Senator highlights Arizona innovators helping lead space innovation

WASHINGTON – Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema today led a Senate Aviation and Space Subcommittee hearing along with Chairman Ted Cruz (Texas). Sinema focused on current challenges facing America’s leadership in space exploration, including the lack of rules governing the operation of technology in orbit. 
“Arizonans from universities and private industries help our country lead in space. To protect America’s status as a global space leader, we need thoughtful solutions to costly challenges,” said Sinema, Ranking Member of the Senate Aviation and Space Subcommittee. “The United States should lead the way by setting unified standards for all operators in space.”
As the ranking member on the Aviation and Space subcommittee, Sinema is working for greater investment in Arizona’s aerospace industry. Sinema recently introduced the Space Frontier Act, which streamlines and reforms the regulatory framework for commercial space launch and Earth observation operations. This bipartisan legislation keeps Americans safe and protects our national security interests while maintaining American leadership in the global space community and ensuring that the United States remains the best place to start a space business.