Congressman Steve Knight, R-Palmdale, voted with members of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee on NASA's 2018 National Aeronautics and Space Administration Act on Tuesday.
Vote on the Bill has approved about $ 21 billion for various science, research and technology programs.
The final version of the Bill contains several key provisions of the Aeronautics Innovation Act, HR 3033.
The Act codifies NASA's civilian experimental "X" plane program to evaluate and demonstrate technology concepts for civil aviation. This program includes NASA projects such as the Low Boom Flight Demonstrator (LBFD) program, a high-efficiency subsonic aircraft and the all-electric X-57.
Another included determination from H.R. 3033 prioritizes hypersonic technology research of the Aviation Research Directorate (ARMD), which will enhance its role in supporting the Ministry of Defense in pursuing these technologies.
Finally, a new subaccount will be set up under the "Construction of Facilities" account dedicated to aviation research centers to ensure that these sites have the resources they need to meet their research and test objectives.
Edwards Air Force Base and NASA's Armstrong, our region, are perfectly positioned to contribute to the advancement of space travel and have a long history of it, "Knight said Tuesday." In the Antelope Valley, our geography is great for test flights to expand the capabilities of civil and military aircraft. The technology being driven by this bill will directly lead to improvements in service to passenger, passenger and research aircraft, all of which will benefit. "
H.R. 5503 also supports the consistent financing of several programs with significant production and development resources in Southern California, and a bipartisan majority approved a final amendment by Rep. Knight, which also supports the LBFD program.