Governor Inslee signed Senate Bill 6139 on Thursday afternoon, reauthorizing the Joint Center for Aerospace Technology Innovation and extending the center’s sunset date to June 30, 2030.

Established in 2012 by the Legislature, JCATI has a $3 million biennial appropriation which funds seed grants for research in the aerospace industry at state institutions of higher education. About $1.2 million of those funds, on average, have funded research projects at WSU in each biennium. It was initially scheduled to sunset this year on June 30, and now is extended through June 30, 2030.

The bill received unanimous support in both the House and the Senate.