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H.R. 5345 (115th): ALSTAR Act

The text of the bill below is as of Mar 20, 2018 (Introduced).

Summary of this bill

Source: Republican Policy Committee

H.R. 5345 directs the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama to coordinate and lead national efforts related to rocket propulsion capabilities. Specifically, this bill would require the center to support the development and refinement of rocket propulsion for small satellites, monitor public-and private-sector rocket propulsion activities, and evaluate and recommend new technologies for development.



2d Session

H. R. 5345


March 20, 2018

(for himself and Mr. Smith of Texas) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology


To designate the Marshall Space Flight Center of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to provide leadership for the U.S. rocket propulsion industrial base, and for other purposes.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the American Leadership in Space Technology and Advanced Rocketry Act or the ALSTAR Act.



Congress finds the following:


Rocket propulsion is an enabling technology for our Nation’s future prosperous way of life.


Rocket propulsion technologies are critical to national security, intelligence gathering, communications, weather forecasting, navigation, communications, entertainment, land use, Earth observation, and scientific exploration.


The rocket propulsion industry is a source of high-quality jobs.


Multiple Federal agencies and companies are involved in rocket propulsion research, development, and manufacturing.


Integration, coordination, and cooperation would strengthen the United States rocket propulsion industrial base.


Erosion of the rocket propulsion industrial base would seriously impact national security, space exploration potential, and economic growth.


The Marshall Space Flight Center has decades of experience working with other Government agencies and industry partners to study and coordinate these capabilities.


The Marshall Space Flight Center has made historic and unique contributions—


by bringing stakeholders together to work on rocket propulsion industrial base sustainment;


of technical expertise to key studies and review boards; and


by consistently participating in interagency working groups to address rocket propulsion issues.


Rocket propulsion leadership


Sense of Congress

It is the sense of Congress that the Marshall Space Flight Center is the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s lead center for rocket propulsion and is essential to sustaining and promoting U.S. leadership in rocket propulsion and developing the next generation of rocket propulsion capabilities.


Leadership in rocket propulsion

The Marshall Space Flight Center shall provide national leadership in rocket propulsion by—


contributing to interagency coordination for the preservation of critical national rocket propulsion capabilities;


collaborating with industry, academia, and professional organizations to most effectively use national capabilities and resources;


monitoring public- and private-sector rocket propulsion activities to develop and promote a strong, healthy rocket propulsion industrial base;


facilitating technical solutions for existing and emerging rocket propulsion challenges;


supporting the development and refinement of rocket propulsion for small satellites;


evaluating and recommending, as appropriate, new rocket propulsion technologies for further development; and


providing information required by national decisionmakers so that policies and other instruments of the Government support the development and strengthening of the Nation’s rocket propulsion capabilities throughout the 21st century.