Friday, May 6, 2016

Press Release: Forbes Visits NASA Langley, Founds Bipartisan Congressional NASA Caucus

Congressman Randy Forbes

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Date: 05/06/2016                               

   Forbes Visits NASA Langley, Founds Bipartisan Congressional NASA Caucus

Washington, D.C. –Today, Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04) announced the launch of the brand new Congressional NASA Caucus, following a visit to NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia where he toured the facility and met with NASA leaders.

"I am excited by the cutting-edge work that NASA is doing, and proud that so much of it is happening right here in Virginia," Congressman Forbes said. "NASA is poised to make exciting new breakthroughs and reach new horizons in the years ahead: journeying to Mars, flying at supersonic and hypersonic speeds, integrating unmanned vehicles into everyday life, and developing new technologies that will change the game for the aviation industry, and Congress needs to support its efforts. The bipartisan Congressional NASA Caucus I am establishing will work to enhance the understanding of Members of Congress about the important work being done at places like NASA Langley, and speak directly to the public about the great work NASA does around the country."

Congressman Forbes' tour of the Langley Research Center included a visit to the facility's unmanned aerial systems, flight demonstration vehicles, and hypersonic research lab. Congressman Forbes visited NASA's Wallops Flight Facility and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on the Eastern Shore of Virginia last month.


  • The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) operates two facilities in Hampton Roads and the Eastern Shore: the Langley Research Center, in Hampton, and the Wallops Flight Facility near Chincoteague.
  • NASA Langley is approaching its 100-year anniversary. Since its founding in 1917, the Langley Research Center has been at the forefront of aeronautics research, and served as the training area for the "Mercury Seven," the first American astronauts.
  • NASA Langley is currently conducting research on supersonic aircraft, improving aircraft fuel efficiency, and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and supporting NASA's development of the Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion spacecraft that will carry American Astronauts to new frontiers.
  • NASA's most recent budget contained a new 10-year aeronautics research initiative, known as "New Aviation Horizons," that will fund next-generation aeronautics research and the development of advanced "X-plane" prototypes. As NASA's center for aeronautics research Langley will be heavily involved in these growing efforts.
  • Congressman Forbes is establishing a bipartisan Congressional NASA Caucus that will increase awareness on Capitol Hill of the exciting exploration and research activities that NASA is conducting and help organize and sustain support for NASA, the civilian space program, and aeronautical and aerospace research.   


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