H. R. 3853
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
October 20, 2009
Ms. Kosmas (for herself and Mr. Posey) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Science and Technology
To provide for the establishment of Commercial Space Transportation Cooperative Research and Development Centers of Excellence, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Commercial Space Transportation
Cooperative Research and Development Centers of Excellence Act of
In this Act:
the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
Institution of higher education
institution of higher
education has the meaning given that term in section 101(a) of the
Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1001(a)).
The Administrator shall make grants to consortia of 2 or more institutions of higher education, at least 1 of which shall be located within 100 miles of an active commercial spaceport, to establish and operate Commercial Space Transportation Cooperative Research and Development Centers of Excellence.
The Centers established under section 3 shall leverage the resources of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, academia, and industry through public-private partnerships to enhance the development of commercial space transportation through research and development activities in the following areas:
Space transportation policy analysis.
Spaceport safety, including range system development, testing, simulation, and qualification, and spaceport instrumentation, technologies, and processes.
Spaceflight passenger and crew training and qualification.
Spaceflight biomedical countermeasures.
Aerospace workforce technical training and certification.
Space vehicle design, including materials and engineering research and development, launch vehicle flight safety analysis, and design of passenger-carrying spaceflight vehicles to maximize safety and functionality.
Space weather interactions with space transportation systems.
Aviation and space transportation system convergence planning and analysis.
The Centers established under section 3 shall provide educational, technical, and analytical assistance to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and other Federal agencies with research and development and operational responsibilities that have applicability to commercial space transportation.
Any institution of higher education interested in receiving a grant under this Act shall submit to the Administrator an application in such form and containing such information as the Administrator may require.
The Administrator shall select recipients of grants under this Act on the basis of the following criteria:
Demonstrated research and development capabilities necessary for carrying out the program.
The extent to which the members of the consortium seeking a grant have established space transportation or aerospace research and development programs.
The demonstrated ability of the applicant to disseminate results of commercial space transportation research and development widely to appropriate stakeholders.
Authorization of appropriations
Such sums as may be necessary for each of the fiscal years 2010 through 2012 are authorized to be appropriated to the Administrator to carry out this Act. No more than 5 percent of the funds appropriated under this section for a fiscal year may be used by the Administrator to cover administrative costs associated with the implementation and maintenance of the program established under this Act.