Technicians work on the DigitalGlobe commercial remote sensing WorldView 3 satellite on May 13, 2014, at the Ball Aerospace Fisher Integration Facility in Boulder. (Matthew Jonas, Longmont Times-Call) For over 70 years, Colorado has been at the forefront of aviation and aerospace capability for our nation. During World War II, Colorado’s great flying weather and the state’s central location were major reasons for the development of bases in Lowry (Aurora) and Peterson Field Army Air Corps (Colorado Springs). Following the war, the North American Air Defense Command (NORAD) was based in Colorado Springs as a command center for defense of the U.S. and Canada from air attack. And in 1955, the Glenn L. Martin Company (now Lockheed Martin Space Systems) established a plant in Waterton Canyon to build the Titan intercontinental ballistic missile to support defense capability. The site was considered a highly strategic central U.S. location. Over the decades, Peterson Air Force Base evolved as a hub for Air Force space activities, including Air Force Space Command (1982) and U.S. Northern Command (2002). Additionally, Buckley Air National Guard Base became Buckley Air Force Base (2000) and today is a key space operations center for our national security. NORAD’s mission has also evolved, and now includes space-based surveillance for ballistic missile attack warning. The significant initial presence and growing space-based defense capability in Colorado stimulated development of a space industry and related research at Colorado universities. Today, Colorado is a national leader in the aerospace industry. Colorado companies are at the forefront of America’s return to manned spaceflight, and our state plays a critical role in developing the technology and satellites in global weather monitoring, Earth observation and space weather prediction. We are at the center of the Global Positioning System (GPS) and remote-sensing technologies that have revolutionized our ability to improve navigation, agriculture, disaster response and national security. Not only are GPS satellites developed and built in Colorado, GPS is also operated and maintained by Air Force Space Command. The key to Colorado’s thriving aerospace economy lies in its broad spectrum of companies, products, and research and development institutions that develop technology for commercial, … – Click Here To Visit Article Source