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House Committee OKs Space Exploration, Innovation Corps Program Expansion Bills

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.

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