The following statement by Marion C. Blakey was released today by the Aerospace Industries Association:

“In this fiscal environment, the increase in the NASA budget reflects the Administration’s commitment to the value of space.

“We are encouraged that the budget extends the International Space Station, funds valuable earth science missions, increases aeronautics funding, renews interest in technology development and innovation, and promotes commercial spaceflight alternatives.

“Although investment in commercial space will create new opportunities, we are concerned that the cancellation of the Constellation program may have a lasting impact on our workforce and the unique skills they bring to our industrial base.

“Terminated programs and shifting plans for U.S. human space exploration further demonstrate the need for a national space strategy, and the need to coordinate space efforts across all agencies at the highest level.”

Founded in 1919, the Aerospace Industries Association represents the nation’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of civil, military, and business aircraft, helicopters, unmanned aircraft systems, space systems, aircraft engines, materiel, and related components, equipment services, and information technology.