Free Enterprise Staff  | April 27, 2016

How NASA is helping small businesses blast off

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden Jr. has spent his career looking up at the stars. The leader of America’s space agency served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a pilot and later as an astronaut with NASA. His space flights included piloting the Columbia and Discovery space shuttles, and he helped launch the Hubble Space Telescope, which recently broke a cosmic record by measuring the farthest galaxy ever seen in the universe.

At the U.S. Chamber’s 2016 Aviation Summit, Bolden discussed how the 101-year-old agency is turning “science fiction into science fact” and revolutionizing the aviation industry.

“We’re on the cusp of a new era in aviation; an era where innovation will be cleaner, greener and safer,” he told approximately 700 industry officials in attendance. “An era that will see more of our people working in STEM [science, technology, engineering and mathematics] careers, an era that will see our children and grandchildren inherit a world from our generation that is actually reversing the effects of global climate change.”

For more on Bolden’s thoughts about the future of aviation, NASA’s evolving role in space travel, and how the agency played a big role a recent Oscar-nominated blockbuster movie, make sure to watch the video above.

Editor’s Note: Please join us for the 16th Annual Aviation Summit on Thursday, March 2, 2017 in Washington, D.C. or follow on Twitter at #Aviation17.