Continued investment in Colorado’s academic, military, and space infrastructure is vital to making our state a center of excellence for space. The Colorado Space Coalition (CSC) understands the importance of public and private-sector partnerships, and works closely with Colorado’s Congressional Delegation and state leaders to ensure that public policy decisions support this critical industry. Specifically, the CSC advocates for the following legislative strategies:
- Build a 21st century workforce ― Support educational efforts that address workforce shortages and maintain, replenish, and produce our future engineers and scientists needed to keep Colorado’s competitive and innovative edge. Support state-level initiatives and policies that promote science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education programs.
- Support for NASA funding ― Maintain support for full-funding of the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle program and NASA's funding for commercial spaceflight capabilities, space exploration technologies, and earth science programs. Higher education participation in NASA programs is critical to developing the future workforce for the aerospace industry and providing hands-on opportunities for university research and cost-effective scientific research.
- Reduction in unnecessary licensing and export restrictions ― Support and encourage the continuance of administrative changes to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) controls to increase U.S. security and competitiveness. Removing non-critical areas in order to focus security protections without creating barriers to commerce and development.
- Support Colorado’s military and civilian space resources ― Continue funding of military facilities and federal laboratories that provide the strategic base for Colorado’s space industry. Monitor and champion funding to assure sustainable, long-term presence of vital space-related military, federal, and civilian assets in Colorado.
To further pave the way for Spaceport Colorado, legislation passed in 2012 will help expand the state’s aerospace economy. Senate Bill 35 (2012) limited the liability for public and private entities holding a Federal Aviation Administration license for spaceflight activities. The legislation is an important first step in initiating commercial spaceflight activities in the state.
Personal property used in an orbital space facility, a space propulsion system, satellite, or space station is exempt from sales and use taxes. The exemption will encourage capital investment in aerospace manufacturing supplies.