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Bill includes $10 million for Cal Poly-Air Force partnership 

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Funding will allow creation of new laboratories to test subsonic vertical take-off and landing technologies

– Representatives Salud Carbajal (D-Santa Barbara), Norma J. Torres (D-Pomona), and Grace Napolitano (D-San Gabriel Valley) this week announced the inclusion of $10 million to support U.S. Air Force educational partnership agreements at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and Cal Poly Pomona in the omnibus government funding bill that passed the California House of Representatives last week.

The funding will allow the universities to create new and innovative laboratories to test subsonic vertical take-off and landing technologies, accelerating the Air Force Research Laboratory’s (AFRL) strategic initiatives for autonomous logistic systems and advancing efforts in the development, analysis, and operations of high-speed systems via a new flight-testing platform.

“Military-educational partnerships like the one between the Air Force and Cal Poly enhance our national security capabilities and provide Cal Poly students with hands-on learning opportunities that set them up for successful careers when they graduate,” Carbajal said. “I am proud to have partnered with Congresswomen Napolitano and Torres to advocate and vote for this additional funding — and look forward to seeing it signed into law this week to help drive innovation and support the next generation of aerospace leaders.”

“This valuable partnership will create unparalleled learning opportunities for students while helping the U.S. Air Force develop new technologies,” said Congresswoman Torres. “I’m proud the Air Force is investing in the next-generation workforce right here in the Inland Empire to prepare our students for high-technology careers and bright futures. I thank Representatives Napolitano and Carbajal for working with me to secure these funds.”

“This new federal funding will further drive innovation and educate the next generation of aerospace engineers at these schools – two of our nation’s premier applied research institutions – while assisting the Air Force in research, development, and evaluation of aviation technologies,” said Congresswoman Napolitano. “I was proud to join Congresswoman Torres and Congressman Carbajal in delivering these funds to strengthen this vital partnership between our universities and the Air Force.”

President Joe Biden is expected to sign this funding into law this week.

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