David McBride, director of NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center, and Simon “Pete” Worden, director of NASA’s Ames Research Center, participated in 2014 California Aerospace Day March 25 at the state capitol in Sacramento. Under the theme of “Launch California: Leading the Nation Into Space,” the event brought together representatives of various aerospace interests for three days of panel discussions, hearings and exhibits focusing on the importance of aerospace to the state.
McBride outlined “A Vision for the World of Flight” during a morning presentation, while Worden spoke during a panel on “Civil Space” during the afternoon before a joint informational hearing of the Assembly Select Committee on Aerospace and the Senate Select Committee on Defense and Aerospace.
A variety of aerospace exhibits ranging from a cockpit simulator for an F/A-18 Super Hornet to small satellites under development by NASA Ames graced the steps on the west side of the capitol building.
The activities were part of the three-day California Aerospace Week, which was co-sponsored by the chairs of the Assembly Select Committee on Aerospace and the Senate Select Committee on Defense and Aerospace, The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, NASA, Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman.