California Space Authority


The California delegation, with its 55 members, is the largest delegation in Congress. One member of the California delegation, Nancy Pelosi, leads the Congressional Democrats. And six members of the California delegation lead important Congressional committees, including Ways and Means, Armed Services, Judiciary, Rules, International Relations, Resources, and Small Business. An additional 17 members of the delegation serve as chairmen and/or ranking minority members of subcommittees, including defense appropriations, space, and infrastructure and border security. The members of the California delegation represent diverse points of views which are reflected in the actions they take both individually and collectively.

General Information

Legislation and Policy



Policymaker Forum


Date Posted Subject
June 29, 2010

Letter of support to U.S. Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justic, Science, and Related Agencies, for the funding of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP)

June 29, 2010 Statement by the President on the New National Space Policy
June 9, 2010 U.S. Senate Aerospace Caucus
The U.S. Senate established recently an Aerospace Caucus which was created to ensure
that the United States civilian, defense and space sectors remain world class aerospace
leaders... (more).
May 14, 2010
April 20, 2010 Secretary of Defense Gates Speech on Export Controls and Dual Use Items
April 19, 2010
April 14, 2010

NASA White House April 15 Event--OSTP Fact Sheets:

March 30, 2010 NASA Announces Future Work Assignments for Field Centers
March 30, 2010 Letter to Senator John Kerry, Foreign Relations Committee, from the Aerospace States Association, requesting to return authority to the executive branch to remove from and add to the U.S. Munitions List items realted to commercial satellites (amendment of Senate Bill S. 2971)
March 25, 2010
March 4, 2010 "Human Space Flight Capability Assurance and Enhancement Act of 2010" (S. 3068)
February 25, 2010 Science Team from Ames Research Center Wins 2009 NASA Software of Year Award
The NASA World Wind Java computer program developed at the agency's Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, Calif., is the winner of NASA's 2009 Software of the Year Award. For more information about NASA's Inventions and Contributions Board, visit:
February 22, 2010 NASA's WISE Mission Releases Medley of First Images A diverse cast of cosmic characters is showcased in the first survey images NASA released Wednesday from its Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE. Since WISE began its scan of the entire sky in infrared light on Jan. 14, the space telescope has beamed back more than a quarter of a million raw, infrared images. Four new, processed pictures illustrate a sampling of the mission's targets -- a wispy comet, a bursting star-forming cloud, the grand Andromeda galaxy and a faraway cluster of hundreds of galaxies. To view the images and for more information about WISE, visit:
February 16, 2010 Space Race Cuts: Local Firms Wait
Febrary 1, 2010 President Cancels NASA's Constellation Program
January 28, 2010 NASA Cues Up University CubeSats for Glory Launch This Fall
December 22, 2009 Letter Campaign Supporting Current NASA Space Exploration Plans

If you wish, here’s an easy way to contact your elected officials and let them know that NASA and its space exploration programs are on the right trajectory. As the President and Congress weigh the options for our nation’s future space exploration policy, it’s important our elected officials know that you support the Constellation and Ares rocket programs.

December 14, 2009 Governor's Remarks at Virgin Galactic's Unveiling of SpaceShipTwo
December 1, 2009 Among 368 Total, 73 California-based Companies Get Chosen by NASA for SBIR, Phase I Awards
November 24, 2009 NASA Aircraft Flies California Post-Burn Imaging Mission
November 5, 2009 Kosmas and Calvert Lead Bipartisan Letter to President Calling for Increased Funding for Human Spaceflight (81 Members Sign Letter in Strong Display of National Support for Space Program)
November 5, 2009 CSA Advocates for Increased NASA Funding
The California Space Authority (CSA) has joined a bi-partisan, bi-coastal effort to obtain signatures on a letter to the White House urging President Barak Obama to request an additional $3 billion a year for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to support continued human space exploration... (more)
November 5, 2009 Hall Congratulates Winning Teams of Lunar Lander Challenge
November 2, 2009 Renowned artist Robert McCall's new portrait of Neil Armstrong was unveiled by NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden and Center Director David McBride at Friday's all hands, October 30, 2009... (more)
September 9, 2009 Boeing Supporting New Web Site ( a resource to champion the cause for the continuation of C17 Globemaster III Program and it's huge impact on the California Economy. As you know, Congress is determining the future of America's last remaining large military aircraft in production that each of you have helped support by signing the joint business trade letter. The Web site has the tools needed to make sure that Members of Congress hear the loud call to build more C-17s.

On the site you can email or fax your Members of Congress, sign a petition or share your C-17 story. The site also includes the latest facts and program updates as well as links to current news about the C-17. There is also a facebook page linked to this Web site.

The C-17 program means a lot to our nation's warfighters, to our community and everyone who works so hard to make the C-17 the greatest airlifter ever built. We welcome you to visit and pass the word along to anyone you know who supports continuing production of this valuable national treasure."

August 31, 2009 California Association Support Letter for Boeing C-17 (PDF)
July 16, 2009 Bolden and Garver Confirmed by U.S. Senate
July 7, 2009 New DARPA Director Named (Air Force Magazine Daily Report, July 6, 2009)
The Defense Department announced July 2 that Regina Dugan has been appointed the 19th director of DARPA, the Pentagon's advanced weapons shop. She will fill the vacancy left by Tony Tether's departure in February. Zachary Lemnios, director of defense research and engineering in the Pentagon, said Dugan is "precisely the dynamic leader DARPA needs to open new technology frontiers and transition revolutionary technologies to serve our nation's interests." Prior to her appointment, she served several senior posts in industry. She also spent 1996 to 2000 as a DARPA program manager. She has a PhD in mechanical engineering from the California Institute of Technology.
June 17, 2009
June 1, 2009 CSA Sends Letters to Sens. Boxer and Feinstein in Support of President Obama's NASA Appointees (PDF)
May 6, 2009 Lampson/Weldon Commentary: Commitment Is Needed--Stop-start Plots a Trajectory of Failure
May 4, 2009 Letter to Christopher Scolese, Acting Administrator, NASA, from Congressional members, in support of NASA spending to "...increase and encourage scientific research at all NASA Centers." (PDF)
January 21, 2009
January 12, 2009 NASA Administrator Griffin Speaks to STA (PDF)

November 24, 2008

California Roundtable Calls for Improved Environmental Information and Technology to Manage Climate Risk and Opportunity
November 19, 2008 David McBride Appointed Deputy Director at NASA Dryden
September 3, 2008 Presidential Candidate Obama Clarifies His Support for Space

August 6, 2008

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Visits NASA Ames
July 21, 2008 California Governor Praises NASA's 'Superstar' in Fire Effort
July 17, 2008 Space Coalition Formed to Educate Presidential Candidates
July 14, 2008 Diane Murphy Joins SpaceX as Vice President of Marketing and Communications
July 9, 2008
July 1, 2008 Senate Committee Approves $20.21 Billion NASA Authorization for Fiscal 2009 Including $1 Billion Extra To Masten Orion-Ares
June 23, 2008 NASA Issues Biomedical Contract Awards to Three California Universities
June 11, 2008

Lt. Governor Garamendi June 2, 2008 letters of support for HR 4246, the "Defense Trade Controls Performance Improvement Act of 2007", to:

June 4, 2008 Photos from Congressman Kevin McCarthy March 25, 2008 Visit to NASA Dryden Flight Research Center
May 28, 2008
May 19, 2008
May 5, 2008
May 5, 2008
April 15, 2008 California Space Week Washington DC 2008 Point Papers
March 12, 2008 Lt. Governor Garamendi Issues Statement on Export Controls (PDF)
Statement (PDF) ITAR Resolution (PDF)
February 20, 2008 NASA Administrator Michael Griffin Testifies Before the Committee on Science and Technology Re: FY 2009 Budget Request for NASA (PDF)
February 4, 2008 President Submits FY 2009 Budget Request for NASA (PDF, 372 kb)
January 28, 2008
January 22, 2008
December 26, 2007 Boeing To Build NASA's Newest Tracking and Data Relay Satellites
December 18, 2007 California Delegation Urges Air Force to Consider Beale AFB as Home of Cyber Command (PDF)
December 12, 2007 Rep. Brad Sherman (D, CA) introduced legislation that would mitigate and/or eliminate unintended consequences of current ITAR laws, regulations, and policies that adversely affect industry and academia. The legislation (H.R. 4246) was introduced on November 15 and has three original co-sponsors. A copy of the bill can be found online at
December 11, 2007
December 10, 2007 Reps. Calvert and Jones Introduce Legislation to Provide for NASA Sponsorship Opportunities
November 20, 2007 Federal and State Legislative Staffers Tour Space Enterprise Facilities During Transforming Space 2007 Conference (photo)
November 19, 2007
October 18, 2007 NASA To Open New Competition for Space Transportation Seed Money
October 1, 2007
October 1, 2007 Chris Hoeber, Janice Dunn and Lt. Gov. Brian Dubie Discuss Export Control Issues
August 1, 2007 Rep. Calvert Introduces Legislation to Add Neil Armstrong's Name to NASA Center
July 2, 2007 Hilton LAX Hotel Workers Send Thanks to CSA
June 28, 2007 SOFIA Debuts at NASA Dryden
May 29, 2007
October 21, 2006 Plan Afoot to Rename NASA Dryden After Neil Armstrong
April 23, 2007
April 17, 2007 Rep. Calvert to Introduce Legislation in Support of NASA Prizes (PDF)
January 24, 2007 National Strategy and the Civil Space Program, by Michael D. Griffin, Administrator, NASA (PDF)
October 21, 2006 Executive Order (National Aeronautics Research and Development Policy) is Signed Out December 20th. See
January 24, 2007 Committee on Science and Technology News
October 21, 2006 President Bush Signs Executive Order Establishing National Aeronautics Research & Development Policy
December 11, 2006 Gordon Chosen to Lead House Science Committee
October 5, 2006 Reid Announces Democratic Leadership for the 110th Congress
October 11, 2006 NASA Selects New Education Assistant Administrator
October 10, 2006 Air Force Association (AFA) Conference 2006 Transcripts posted here
October 5, 2006 Boehlert and Calvert Congratulate Nobel Winners
August 16, 2006 West Coast Competitiveness Summit, held August 11, 2006 at the San Diego Air & Space Museum
June 15, 2006 SEA Requests Increased Funding for NASA at 2006 June Capitol Hill Space Blitz
May 8, 2006 Congresswoman Matsui Named to House Science Committee
April 6, 2006 California Space Week Washington DC 2006
February 14, 2006 Space Exploration Alliance Concludes Successful Budget Week Citizen Action Blitz (PDF, 68 kb)
February 7, 2006 NASA's FY 2007 Budget Request Demonstrates the President's Continued Commitment to the Vision for Space Exploration (cont'd):
February 6, 2006 NASA's FY 2007 Budget Request Demonstrates the President's Continued Commitment to the Vision for Space Exploration:
January 9, 2006
October 7, 2005 32 Members Sign CA Delegation Letter to Mike Griffin re. CEV (PDF, 532 kb)
October 5, 2005 CSA Deputy Director Janice Dunn Honored
September 29, 2005
September 7, 2005 Rep. Calvert Introduces Resolution Honoring the Crew of the Discovery Space Shuttle
August 17, 2005 Bush Nominates Navy, Air Force Secretaries
August 5, 2005 Letter from Sega and Griffin to Marburger (Dir., Office of Science and Technology Policy) re: DoD and NASA (PDF, 84 kb)
June 23, 2005 United States Space Policy: Challenges and Opportunities, (PDF, 384 kb)
June 9, 2005 ASA Passes Resolution Supporting Increased Funding for NASA Aeronautics
June 8, 2005 House Appropriations Committee Marks Up NASA Budget for FY06
May 19, 2005 Schools, Businesses Can Do More to Strengthen American Competitiveness in Math & Science, Witnesses Tell Congress May 19, 2005 (PDF)
May 9, 2005 Mikulski and Griffin Congratulate Janice Dunn
May 13, 2005 California's Space Infrastructure Protected; Space-based Installations Stand to Win (includes link to BRAC 2005 list by State)
May 11, 2005 67 Members of Congress Sign Letter Supporting Full NASA Funding (This is a large PDF file: 7.8 MB)
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March 25, 2005 Rep. Calvert Speaks at Hall of States
March 21, 2005 Aerospace States Association/National Lieutenant Governors Association
March 11, 2005 President Bush Intends to Nominate of Michael D. Griffin as Administrator of NASA
February 1, 2005 Rep. Ken Calvert of California Selected as Chair of Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee
January 6, 2005 U.S. Space Transportation Fact Sheet (PDF, 44 kb)
November 4, 2004 Downey Center Designated as "Columbia memorial Space Science Learning Center" by Congress
September 27, 2004 "The Vision for Space Exploration: An Update from the Coalition for Space Exploration", PDF
September 8, 2004 "Don't Cut NASA's Budget", by Thomas J. Donohue, PDF
June 16, 2004
June 15, 2004
January 21, 2004 Schwarzenegger Appoints Stacy Carlson Director of D.C. Office, (Jan. 21, 2004)
  CSA Joins the California Institute