Mark Udall, a tireless advocate for Colorado's aerospace industry and innovation-based economy, welcomed the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee's inclusion of funding for a Colorado-based satellite program, the second generation of the Constellation Observing System for Meteorology, Ionosphere, and Climate (COSMIC), in its science funding bill. The satellite program, which Udall fought for, is estimated to inject $120 million into Colorado over ten years through the Boulder-based University Corporation for Atmospheric Research and other program partners. It also is expected to create around 400 jobs in the state.
The COSMIC-2 program, a collaboration between Taiwan and the United States, will deploy a total of 12 satellites into low-Earth orbit to monitor the global atmosphere and vastly improve weather forecasting and climate monitoring -- a mission critically important to preventing the needless loss of life or property.
"This funding for the COSMIC-2 program that I've fought for is further evidence that Colorado is at the forefront of aerospace and scientific development," Udall said. "I look forward to seeing the results of this strategic investment in a cutting-edge program as well as how it helps attract the best and brightest scientists and engineers to our great state."
Udall is a strong proponent of Colorado's aerospace industry and has fought to ensure that Colorado is home to innovative companies and job creators. Udall recently welcomed a collaborative effort between NASA and Broomfield-based Ball Aerospace to work on NASA's new Green Propellant Infusion Mission.