Author Topic: American Space Commerce Free Enterprise Act of 2017  (Read 1460 times)

Online AncientU

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U.S. House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) today introduced H.R. 2809, the American Space Commerce Free Enterprise Act of 2017. This bipartisan bill is cosponsored by Space Subcommittee Chairman Brian Babin (R-Texas), Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.), Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-Colo.), Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.), Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-Ill.), Rep. Randy Weber (R-Texas), Rep. Clay Higgins (R-La.), and Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-Wash.).

Chairman Smith: “This transformative legislation declares that America is open for business in outer space. The American Space Commerce Free Enterprise Act addresses issues that the committee has been tracking for years, including international obligations and commercial remote sensing. The bill establishes a favorable legal and policy environment for free enterprise with maximum certainty and minimum burden for stakeholders. With this innovative legislation, we position the American space industry as a leader.

This bill will:
    Create a single authority for U.S. authorization and supervision of nongovernmental space activities located at the Department of Commerce Office of Space Commerce
    Establish a transparent certification process in the least burdensome manner possible
    Provide greater certainty to assure nongovernmental space activities conform to the United States’ Outer Space Treaty obligations
    Address concerns that certified activities may pose a safety risk to existing federal government space systems
    Reform the space-based remote sensing regulatory process
    Preserve ability to condition remote sensing operations to protect national security
    Enhance national security by ensuring insight into operations and capabilities by creating a competitive environment that discourages offshoring

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Re: American Space Commerce Free Enterprise Act of 2017
« Reply #1 on: 07/16/2017 03:56 AM »
I have yet to read the bill, but it seems that it involves more regulations, which could be scary.