By The Seattle Times Editorial Board
The new federal Space Force received just $40 million in the $738 billion defense budget that Congress recently approved.
That amount is as comical as the name Space Force, which sounds like something from a low-budget sci-fi movie.
But that belies serious effort and spending the federal government is now devoting to space activities. Snickering aside, this should renew Washington state efforts to be sure its universities, workers and growing cluster of space companies play substantial roles in these national investments.
As the nation increases space investment, legislators and Gov. Jay Inslee should nurture and grow space research, development and manufacturing in Washington, building on its historical leadership in aerospace and software.