S.3661 - Space Exploration Sustainability Act
A bill to reaffirm and amend the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2010, and for other purposes.
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Mr. NELSON of Florida (for himself and Mrs. HUTCHISON) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and TransportationCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
SEC. 2. FINDINGS.
(D) enhancing global prosperity and security through cooperation in shared interests, such as advancement of science, understanding of Earth and the universe, and protection from space borne threats, such as asteroids.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(D) U.S. Government led launch capability development, including the Space Launch System and multi-purpose crew vehicle, and partnerships with commercial and international entities;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 3. GOALS AND OBJECTIVES.
‘(a) Long-Term Goal- The long-term goal of the human space flight and exploration efforts of NASA shall be to sustainably expand permanent human presence beyond low-Earth orbit and to do so, where practical, in a manner involving international partners and expanding economic activity in space.’; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 4. REPORT ON CIS-LUNAR SPACE.
(a) In General- Not later than 120 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration shall submit to Congress a strategy to achieve the long-term goal of sustainably expanding a human presence beyond low-Earth orbit under section 202(a) of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2010 (
(1) the utility of an expanded permanent human presence in cis-lunar space to enable missions to the lunar surface, asteroids, the Mars system, and other destinations of interest for future human exploration;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(B) international partner contributions to the missions listed under paragraph (1) that are uniquely enabled by mission architectures that make use of an expanded and persistent human presence in cis-lunar space;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(D) commercial industry contributions to the missions listed under paragraph (1) that are uniquely enabled by mission architectures that make use of an expanded and persistent human presence in cis-lunar space; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(4) the opportunities and uses for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration managed allocation of the International Space Station National Laboratory, including a specific discussion of high priority scientific and technological developments that use the International Space Station toward expanding and sustaining a human presence in cis-lunar space; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(1) IN GENERAL- The strategy shall include a comparison of architectures that use an expanded and persistent human presence in cis-lunar space and architectures that do not, with a primary objective of identifying the architectures and approaches that--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(B) are enabled by the transportation capabilities developed under titles III and IV of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2010 (
(2) FACTORS- Factors to be considered in the comparison shall include recurring and non-recurring cost, safety, sustainability, opportunities for international collaboration, enabling of new markets and opportunities for commercial industry, compelling scientific opportunities, flexibility of the architecture to adjust to evolving technologies, and leadership and priorities over time.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(d) Implementation Plan- The strategy shall include a plan that establishes a method and schedule for implementation of the strategy. The implementation plan shall include--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 5. ASSURANCE OF CORE CAPABILITIES.
‘(c) Assurance of Core Capabilities- The Administrator shall proceed with the utilization of the ISS, technology development, and follow-on transportation systems, including the Space Launch System, multi-purpose crew vehicle, and commercial crew and cargo transportation capabilities authorized by this Act in a manner that ensures--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(2) a balance of the development, sustainment, and use of each of these capacities, which are of critical importance to the viability and sustainability of the U.S. space program; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(3) that resources required to support the timely and sustainable development of these capabilities are not derived from a reduction in resources from one capability as a means of increasing resources to support another capability.’.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 6. EXTENSION OF CERTAIN SPACE LAUNCH LIABILITY PROVISIONS.
SEC. 7. EXEMPTION FROM INKSNA.
‘(1) EXTRAORDINARY PAYMENTS IN CONNECTION WITH THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION- The term ‘extraordinary payments in connection with the International Space Station’ means payments in cash or in-kind made or to be made by the United States Government for work on the International Space Station which the Russian Government pledged at any time to provide at its expense.’.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink