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Commercial Space Launch Cooperation Legislative Proposal Update to the Space Transportation Operations WG. Mr Tom Shearer Policy & Strategy Integration Division 13 Oct 2011. Current National Policy Says.

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Commercial Space Launch Cooperation

Legislative Proposal

Update to the

Space Transportation Operations WG

Mr Tom Shearer

Policy & Strategy Integration Division

13 Oct 2011


Current national policy says
Current National Policy Says

  • National Space Policy, dated 28 Jun 10 states “A robust and competitive commercial space sector is vital to continued progress in space. The United States is committed to encouraging and facilitating the growth of a U.S. commercial space sector…”

    • To promote a robust domestic commercial space industry, departments and agencies shall: “Ensure that United States Government space technology and infrastructure are made available for commercial use on a reimbursable, noninterference, and equitable basis to the maximum practical extent”

  • U.S. Space Transportation Policy, dated 21 Dec 2004 directs us to “Encourage and facilitate the U.S. commercial space transportation industry to enhance the achievement of national security and civil space transportation objectives, benefit the U.S. economy, and increase the industry’s international competitiveness…”


How does dod implement today
How Does DoD Implement Today?

We Can Do Better But, That Requires a Change to Law

  • Currently Titles 15 & 49 limit DoD to accepting reimbursement from commercial space companies for not currently required or underutilized (“excess”) capacityin the form of launch property, facilities, or direct charges for support services

    • DoD is not allowed to accept non-DoD funding to enable or improve:

      • Operation of commercial Space launch capabilities,

      • Augmentation of DoD capabilities for commercial purposes, or

      • Add commercial requirements to DoD contracts to extend/expand services in support of commercial Space launch activities


Change title 10 to enable federal non federal partnerships
Change Title 10 to Enable Federal/Non-Federal Partnerships

  • The proposed FY12 NDAA addition of Section 2275 “Commercial Space Launch Cooperation” to Title 10 will:

    • Synchronize Title 10 with Title 15 (Commerce) and

      Title 49 (Transportation)

    • Enable DoD partnerships with states and commercial users to:

      • Increase capacity

      • Share resources

      • Combine resources

    • Enable commercial space augmentation


Approval process
Approval Process

Senate Floor Vote (S 1253) - pending

Full Conference - pending

Congress Forwards Approved FY12 NDAA to President – late Nov

President signs – early Dec (notional)


Next step
Next Step

Systematically meet with Fed and Non-Fed (state and commercial) stakeholders to develop CSLC implementing language (DoD, Service, MAJCOM, Wing level, etc.)

  • Mid Oct – OSD/EA4S/Service Framing meeting

  • Nov – Dec – DoD Kick-off meeting

    • HAF, AFSPC, 45th SW, 30th SW, Army, Navy, NRO

  • Jan – DoD-Interagency Framing & Initial Drafting meeting

    • DoD, DoT, NASA

  • Feb – DoD + Industry Integration meeting

  • Mar - May – DoD-Interagency/Industry follow-on meetings as needed


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