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Today’s Deep Space Extra

9 Jun 2021, 14:18 UTC
Today’s Deep Space Extra
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Today’s Deep Space Extra… The Senate on Tuesday passed the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act, which includes a NASA authorization bill and the SPACE Act.

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Senate passes NASA Authorization, SSA legislation as part of sweeping China competition billSpacePolicyOnline.com (6/8) The Senate yesterday passed S.1260, or the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act (USICA), which aims to confront competition from China by increasing funding for science and technology. Included in the bill are a NASA authorization act and the SPACE Act, which assigns civil space situational awareness (SSA) responsibilities to the Department of Commerce. Last year the Senate passed a NASA authorization bill, and the Senate Commerce Committee approved a SPACE Act, but time ran out for final passage of the bills before the end of the past Congress. Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Roger Wicker (R-MS) inserted versions of those bills into S.1260. The NASA authorization act inserted in S.1260 requires NASA to fund at least two companies to build Human Landing Systems (HLS) for the Artemis program, and authorizes $10 billion over five years to pay for it. The funds would have to be appropriated annually. NASA in April selected only one company to build ...

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