House Approves Space Technology and Commercial Space Bills


WASHINGTON (House Science Committee PR) – Today, the U.S House of Representatives approved two bipartisan space bills that promote the Nation’s leadership in rocket propulsion development and provide licenses for commercial space support vehicles and flights. These bills will ensure America remains a leader in space exploration and development.

The American Leadership in Space Technology and Advanced Rocketry Act, or the ALSTAR Act, (H.R. 5345) was introduced by Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), vice chairman of the Space Subcommittee. The Commercial Space Support Vehicle Act (H.R. 5346) was introduced by Rep. Bill Posey (R-Fla.), a member of the Space Subcommittee.

H.R. 5345, the American Leadership in Space Technology and Advanced Rocketry Act (ALSTAR Act), designates Marshall Space Flight Center as NASA’s lead center for rocket propulsion and establishes it as essential to sustaining and promoting U.S. leadership in rocket propulsion and supporting the development of next generation rocket propulsion capabilities.

H.R. 5346, the Commercial Space Support Vehicle Act, provides a fair, open, and accessible process for Department of Transportation licenses and experimental permits for commercial space support vehicles.

[House Science Committee] Chairman [Lamar] Smith: “The passage of H.R. 5345 and H.R. 5346 reaffirms our commitment to keeping America the global leader in the growing space economy. These bills will ensure that America stays at the forefront of rocket propulsion technology and assure commercial space support licenses are fairly and transparently available. It is vital we continue to support NASA and our commercial space sector so that we maintain a vibrant space program to inspire generations to come. I thank Vice Chairman Brooks and Rep. Posey for their leadership on these important issues.”

Vice Chairman Brooks: “The Tennessee Valley has a rich history of supporting the space industry and NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, which is why I’m proud to have sponsored the American Leadership in Space Technology and Advanced Rocketry Act (ALSTAR Act). This bill will ensure the long-term stability of the rocket propulsion industry through better coordination and collaboration between all relevant stakeholders. With Marshall leading the charge to explore and develop new rocket propulsion technology in conjunction with its partners, NASA can inspire the next generation to look to the stars and aspire to do the impossible.”

Rep. Posey: “Companies would like to utilize space support vehicles to train crews and spaceflight participants by exposing them to the physiological effects encountered in spaceflight or conduct research in reduced gravity environments. This legislation creates a foundation for more companies to engage in human space flight activities and support commercial space operations. I would like to thank Chairman Lamar Smith, Subcommittee Chairman Brian Babin and my Florida colleague Rep. Al Lawson for their support of this important, bipartisan legislation.”

  • Gary Church

    “Again, you cannot colonize a vacuum. This is enough to keep us busy for decades. And Mars is in many important ways easier than the
    Moon-”

    You are not making any sense at all now. Mars is not easier than the Moon in any way. Try breathing on Mars.
    Throwing the B.S. flag on that one.

    “Planetary bases is the very first step”? Really. Your ultimate goal is space colonization for the upper classes- or manned spaceflight will remain a stunt. Unbelievable.

    The NewSpace agenda is….bizarre and the worst thing that has ever happened to space exploration.

  • Dream Chaser

    Try breathing on Mars? What an argument, lol. Try breathing anywhere in space.

    I am not really a Mars first guy, more like lunar poles first, but there are important reasons in favor of Mars. Namely, it has much more abundant volatiles such as water and sources of carbon, it has over twice the gravity of the Moon which may yet turn out to be important, it has atmosphere that is useful for aerobraking, shielding against solar flares, dust erosion and possibly even wind power, day-night cycle similar to Earth, and I could go on. Mars is definitely among the best places to set up an initial off-world settlement, if not the best.

  • Douglas Messier

    I’ve banned Gary Church again from this website.

    Sorry it took so long this time. Hopefully this is the last time I have to do this.

  • Paul_Scutts

    Doug, unfortunately, Gary can’t help himself, he’s a pathological troll. Such a shame. If he could just dial it down a notch or two, he’d be fun, and, for site hosts, such as yourself, a boon to the amount of commentary. Regards, Paul.