The chairman of the space subcommittee of the House Science Committee, freshman Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-MS), cites space as an issue as he prepares for reelection. “Being here has put me in a position to a make sure that our path back to space goes through South Mississippi, which it has always done,” he tells Gannett’s Washington bureau. His district in southern Mississippi includes NASA’s Stennis Space Center, a key site for rocket engine testing. In addition to ensuring a role for Stennis, he said, he wants “to kind of bring focus to NASA’s mission… and work with the administration and NASA to protect our legacy of space leadership.”
Another, more veteran, member of that subcommittee, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), is holding a fundraiser Wednesday night specifically targeting the commercial space industry. That event is timed to coincide with the 15th Annual FAA Commercial Space Transportation Conference, taking place Wednesday and Thursday in Washington. Rohrabacher’s campaign is also hosting an “aviation and space briefing” with Burt Rutan later this month in California.