EDWARDS PROJECTS FACE VOTE IN HOUSE $33 MILLION TABBED FOR ROCKET SCIENCE.Byline: Jim Skeen Staff Writer
EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE Edwards Air Force Base, U.S. military installation, 301,000 acres (121,805 hectares), S Calif., NE of Lancaster; est. 1933. It is one of the largest air force bases in the United States and has the world's longest runway. - A defense bill expected to be voted on by the House of Representatives this week would provide $33 million for Edwards Air Force Base projects, most of it dedicated for rocket research.
In its 2002 defense bill, the House Appropriations Committee In the United States government, the Appropriations Committee can refer to either:
The process of imparting a force to a flying vehicle, such as a missile or a spacecraft, by the momentum of ejected matter. This matter, called propellant, is stored in the vehicle and ejected at high velocity. technology. The effort is aimed at doubling the nation's space launch capability by 2010 while decreasing development, manufacturing and maintenance costs.
The joint government and private-industry effort is aimed at improving propulsion systems ranging from missiles to spacecraft.
The bill also would provide $13 million for upgrading and retrofitting rocket test stands at Edwards.
The Edwards funding request was announced in a joint written statement by Rep. Bill Thomas, R-Bakersfield, whose district includes Edwards, and Rep. Howard ``Buck'' McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, a member of the House Armed Services Committee The term Armed Services Committee could refer to:
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The bill also includes $2 million for the enhanced flight termination system, a project aimed at providing a more secure data connection between ground systems and unmanned aircraft.
That effort comes after a March 1999 crash of a Global Hawk reconnaissance aircraft. That crash was blamed on the aircraft picking up a flight termination signal termination signal
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The base would also receive $2 million to upgrade its test facilities for electronic warfare countermeasures.