Congresswoman Elaine Luria Urges Funding for NASA Langley Project

April 1, 2019
Press Release
Coastal and Military Communities Stand to Gain

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02) today sent a letter to key House appropriators urging $30 million for a critical project at NASA Langley Research Center that would improve climate modeling abilities and better predict flooding and other damaging weather events in military and coastal communities.

Developed over the past decade at NASA Langley Research Center, the CLARREO Pathfinder (CPF) has the ability to measure sunlight reflected from the Earth 10 times more accurately than is currently possible. This breakthrough technology will improve scientific modeling abilities and collect data needed for maintaining and building infrastructure and military assets.

“NASA Langley scientists have done great work with the CLARREO Pathfinder,” Congresswoman Luria said. “Their cutting-edge research gives us a better understanding of climate change. Further funding would allow us to maintain our national security, economic prosperity, and international competitive edge.”

By providing the data necessary to better understand climate change and protect against severe weather events before they occur, CPF has the potential to provide economic benefits that far outweigh its costs. Performing within cost and on schedule, the CPF is due to be mounted on the International Space Station in 2023.

The letter has been sent to U.S. Rep. Jose Serrano and U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt, Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science.

The letter’s cosigners include U.S. Rep. Bobby Scott, U.S. Rep. Don Beyer, U.S. Rep. Gerald Connolly, U.S. Rep. Don McEachin, U.S. Rep. Jennifer Wexton, U.S. Rep. Anthony Brown, U.S. Rep. Sean Casten, U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson, U.S. Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse, and U.S. Rep. Kathleen Rice.

Since taking office, Congresswoman Luria has met with NASA Langley leadership in Washington.

To view the letter, please see the attached document orPDF iconclick here.

Congresswoman Elaine Luria represents Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District. She serves on the House Armed Services Committee, where she is the Vice Chair of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, and the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, where she serves as Chair of the Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Subcommittee.