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Space Frontier Bill
« on: 07/27/2018 04:19 am »
A Space Frontier bill is being introduced in the Senate by Senators Cruz and Nelson:
https://www.cruz.senate.gov/files/documents/Bills/20180726_spacefrontieract.pdf

It extends the ISS to 2030 among other things. For more on the bill, see this article:
https://spacepolicyonline.com/news/senate-bill-puts-dot-in-charge-of-non-traditional-space-regulations-extends-iss-to-2030/
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Re: Space Frontier Bill
« Reply #1 on: 07/28/2018 02:10 pm »

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Re: Space Frontier Bill
« Reply #2 on: 08/01/2018 09:38 pm »
The bill was approved today by the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee:
https://www.commerce.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/2018/8/executive-session

See also this article by Jeff Foust:
https://spacenews.com/commercial-space-bill-clears-senate-committee/
« Last Edit: 08/01/2018 09:46 pm by yg1968 »

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Re: Space Frontier Bill
« Reply #3 on: 08/05/2018 05:02 pm »
Given the bi-partisan nature of this bill (ridiculously rare these days) and what i'm reading from Jeff Foust's article, I am actually really happy with this bill and think it's nothing but good.

While we all know the ISS will start to have serious problems in ~ a decade from now, the current administration trying to end it in 2024 was just too premature and I don't think they'll win this fight and I highly doubt that this will be vetoed over that. Extending the life of the ISS, while expensive for sure gives far more time for commercial companies to develop replacements, mature the crewed missions for years to come and there's still science to be done at the ISS...

I wonder if the ISS is continued to 2030 if Sierra Nevada will have an opportunity to fly their Dream Chaser as they originally wanted as a crewed ship, as I could easily see NASA adding them as a 3rd crewed contractor as they've done for the Cargo contract.

My big concern of course is the combo of ISS, LOP-G and SLS is ridiculously unsustainable without a NASA budget increase- which they might actually get given all the pork and public will at stake with these programs, tho I would love to see the LOP-G and SLS canceled and instead put towards a lunar base, but that's not part of this discussion ...

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Re: Space Frontier Bill
« Reply #4 on: 08/05/2018 10:37 pm »
It is a bi-partisan bill in the Senate but the House and the Senate don't always agree. My understanding is that the House is more supportive of the President's priorities in space. So I am guessing that the 2030 ISS extension in this bill will not survive in the House.  Plus, the issue of the ISS extension seems more appropriate to include in a NASA Authorization bill than in this bill. 
« Last Edit: 08/05/2018 10:40 pm by yg1968 »

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