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House Committee OKs Space Exploration, Innovation Corps Program Expansion Bills

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The House Science, Space and Technology Committee has unanimously passed two bills to increase U.S. space exploration technology development efforts and a third bill to expand the National Science Foundation’s entrepreneurial training program.

The American Leadership in Space Technology and Advanced Rocketry Act, introduced by Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Alabama), would designate Marshall Space Flight Center as NASA‘s primary development center for rocket propulsion, the committee said Thursday.

The Commercial Space Support Vehicle Act, introduced by Rep. Bill Posey (R-Florida), would establish processes to license and authorize space support vehicles.

Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Illinois) introduced the Innovators to Entrepreneurs Act to add a course for commercialization-ready innovation research entities under NSF’s Innovation Corps program.

Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) chairs the SST committee that approved all three bills.