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									FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                             CONTACT:
May 16, 2008                                                      Teresa Ehrman (281) 236-2637




            Coalition for Space Exploration Statement Regarding
         Letter from Aerospace Industry Leaders to U.S. Legislators
       More than Two Dozen Top Executives call for NASA budget increase
Houston – The Coalition for Space Exploration applauds and endorses a call from industry
executives urging additional budget for NASA and America’s space program.
       “Sufficient funding for NASA is critical in ensuring that America advances in the
technological landscape. Space exploration is a catalyst for driving science and technology,”
said Mary Engola, Chair of the Coalition’s Public Affairs Team.
       The message of the CEO (Chief Executive Officer) letter was clear and compelling:
“Without this increase [$2.4 billion in FY09], our nation faces the very real risk of losing our
uniquely critical industrial base and human space access capability.”
       The Coalition calls upon Congress to respond in a positive, bipartisan manner to this call
for action from leaders of America’s aerospace community. Engola remarked, “Decades of
space exploration have yielded countless benefits to our nation. More importantly, this money
isn’t really being spent in space. It’s an investment right here on earth – we’re creating jobs,
stimulating the economy, developing new technologies that benefit everyone, and re-energizing
a new generation of explorers with a desire to learn. A lack of sufficient funding will put
America’s space program at risk.”




The Coalition for Space Exploration is a collaboration of space industry businesses and
advocacy groups whose mission is to educate and inform the public on the value and benefits of
space exploration and to help ensure the United States will remain a leader in space, science
and technology - key factors that will benefit every American, strengthen our nation’s economy
and maintain our national security.

Media note: letter from aerospace industry leaders and recipient list attached
May 14, 2008



The Honorable David Obey
Chairman, Committee on Appropriations
U.S. House of Representatives
H-218 The Capitol Building
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Mr. Chairman:

As leaders of our nation's largest aerospace and technology companies, we employ
hundreds of thousands of Americans and know first hand the formidable challenges in
today's global marketplace. We write to thank you for your past support of NASA and to
urge you to enact a top-line increase for NASA's FY 2009 budget. Without this increase,
our nation faces the very real risk of losing our uniquely critical industrial base and human
space access capability.

NASA plays a crucial role in advancing our nation's innovation agenda. NASA programs
promote our scientific, economic and educational interests, and contribute to our national
and homeland security requirements. In the past few years, we have witnessed the rise of
strong national space programs in China, India, and Japan, and a resurgence in Russia.
We face major challenges to our space leadership and our national security.

In 2010, as the Shuttle is retired and we make the transition to the next generation of
human spaceflight systems, the United States will become temporarily reliant on foreign
human space transportation capabilities, if domestic commercial orbital space
transportation does not emerge. In order to minimize this potential gap of independent
American access to space, it is critical that we maintain funding and program stability for
Orion and Ares I, sufficient to ensure a rapid and safe transition for American human
space exploration. Future U.S. leadership in space is at stake.

This nation has an obligation to future generations of young Americans who, we hope, will
focus their studies on science, math and engineering. Creating good, high-paying jobs in
the aerospace and technology sectors will ensure that America maintains the technical
human capital necessary for our country to retain its global economic strength well into the
21st century.

We are deeply concerned that there is a growing disparity between the programs that
NASA has been asked to accomplish and the resources the agency has been provided.
 NASA Funding
 May 14, 2008
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 The FY 2009 budget request is not adequate to accomplish all of NASA's important
 missions. Therefore, we respectfully request that Congress appropriate $20B for NASA in
 FY2009, a $2.4B increase above the request, to minimize our nation’s gap in human
 spaceflight capability, ensure U.S. leadership in space, and contribute to our national and
 homeland security and international competitiveness.

 Sincerely,




J. Scott Neish                                  Sandy Johnson
President                                       President and Chief Executive Officer
Aerojet-General Corporation                     Barrios Technology




Daniel J. Murphy
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
ATK                                             Jim Albaugh
                                                President and Chief Executive Officer
                                                Boeing Integrated Defense Systems




Paul Graziani
President and Chief Executive Officer           Diana T. MacArthur
Analytical Graphics Inc.                        Chief Executive Officer and Chairman
                                                Dynamac Corporation




                                                Howard Lance
David L. Taylor                                 Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
President and Chief Executive Officer           Harris Corporation
Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.
NASA Funding
May 14, 2008
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                                                  Ronald D. Sugar
                                                  Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
                                                  Northrop Grumman Corporation



Robert J. Gillette
President and Chief Executive Officer
Honeywell Aerospace
                                                  David W. Thompson
                                                  Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
                                                  Orbital Sciences Corporation




Steven R. Loranger
Chief Executive Officer
ITT Corporation
                                                  Peter Altabef
                                                  President and Chief Executive Officer
                                                  Perot Systems Corporation




Craig Martin
President and Chief Executive Officer
Jacobs Technology

                                                  William H. Swanson
                                                  President and Chief Executive Officer
                                                  Raytheon Company




Robert J. Stevens
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
Lockheed Martin Corporation
                                                  Ken Dahlberg
                                                  Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
                                                  SAIC
NASA Funding
May 14, 2008
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Harold S. Stinger
President and Chief Executive Officer             Richard O. Covey
SGT, INC                                          President and Chief Executive Officer
                                                  United Space Alliance




Elon R. Musk
Chief Executive Officer
Space Exploration Technologies Corp.              Louis R. Chênevert
                                                  President and Chief Executive Officer
                                                  United Technologies Corporation




Om P. Bahethi, Ph.D.
President
Science Systems and Applications, Inc. (SSAI)
                                                  George Melton
                                                  President and Chief Executive Officer
                                                  Wyle Laboratories, Inc.




Robert Mehrabian
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
Teledyne Technologies Incorporated




Michael C. Gass
President and Chief Executive Officer
United Launch Alliance
                                     CEO Letter Recipients List

Identical CEO letters delivered on May 14, 2008 to the following:

Senate:

The Honorable Harry Reid
Office of the Senate Majority Leader                     The Honorable Ted Stevens
S-221 The Capitol Building                               Vice Chairman, Committee on Commerce
Washington, DC 20510-7020                                 Science and Transportation
                                                         SD-508 Dirksen Senate Building
The Honorable Mitch McConnell                            Washington, DC 20510-6125
Office of the Senate Minority Leader
S-230 The Capitol Building                               The Honorable Bill Nelson
Washington, DC 20510-7010                                Chairman, Subcommittee on Space,
                                                         Aeronautics
The Honorable Robert Byrd                                 And Related Sciences
Chairman, Committee on Appropriations                    Committee on Commerce, Science and
S-131 The Capitol Building                               Transportation
Washington, DC 20510                                     427 Hart Senate Office Building
                                                         Washington, DC 20510-0904
The Honorable Barbara Mikulski
Chairman, Subcommittee on Commerce                       The Honorable David Vitter
Justice, Science and Related Agencies                    Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Space,
Committee on Appropriations                               Aeronautics and Related Sciences
United States Senate                                     Committee on Commerce, Science and
SD-144 Hart Office Building                              Transportation
Washington, DC 20510                                     United States Senate
                                                         SD-560 Senate Dirksen Building
The Honorable Thad Cochran                               Washington, DC 20510-4304
Ranking Minority Member
Committee on Appropriations                              House:
United States Senate
SD-131 Dirksen Office Building                           The Honorable Nancy Pelosi
Washington, DC 20510                                     Speaker of the House of Representatives
                                                         H-232 The Capitol Building
The Honorable Richard Shelby                             Washington, DC 20515-6501
Ranking Member
Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice                        The Honorable Steny Hoyer
and Related Agencies                                     Office of the House Majority Leader
Committee on Appropriations                              H-107 The Capitol Building
United States Senate                                     Washington, DC 20515-6501
SH-144 Dirksen Senate Building
Washington, DC 20510                                     The Honorable John Boehner
                                                         Office of the House Minority Leader
The Honorable Daniel Inouye                              H-204 The Capitol Building
Chairman, Committee on Commerce                          Washington, DC 20515
 Science and Transportation
SD-508 Dirksen Senate Building
Washington, DC 20510-6125



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House (cont’d)

The Honorable David Obey                The Honorable Mark Udall
Chairman, Committee on Appropriations   Chairman, Subcommittee on Space and
U.S. House of Representatives            Aeronautics
H-218 The Capitol Building              Committee on Science and Technology
Washington, DC 20515                    U.S. House of Representatives
                                        B-374 Rayburn Office Building
The Honorable Alan Mollohan             Washington DC 20515-6308
Chairman, Subcommittee on Commerce,
Justice Science and Related Agencies    The Honorable Tom Feeney
Committee on Appropriations             Ranking Member
H-309 The Capitol Building              Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics
Washington, DC 20515                    Committee on Science and Technology
                                        U.S. House of Representatives
The Honorable Jerry Lewis               2320 Rayburn House Office Building
Ranking Minority Member                 Washington DC 20515-6308
Committee on Appropriations
U.S. House of Representatives
H-218 Capitol Building
Washington, DC 20515

The Honorable Rodney Frelinghuysen
Ranking Minority Member
Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice
 Science and Related Agencies
Committee on Appropriations
U.S. House of Representatives
1016 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

The Honorable Bart Gordon
Chairman, Committee on Science and
Technology
U.S. House of Representatives
2320 Rayburn Office Building
Washington DC 20515
(Dear Mr. Chairman)

The Honorable Ralph Hall
Ranking Minority Member
Committee on Science and Technology
U.S. House of Representatives
2320 Rayburn Office Building
Washington DC 20515




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