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Congress Passes Bill To Boost Commercial Space Industry

SpaceX is one commercial company launching from Florida's Space Coast. Photo: SpaceX

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A bill that boosts the nation’s commercial space industry is heading to the President’s desk.

The bill, called the Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act, clears some hurdles facing private space companies.

One provision extends the so-called ‘learning period’ for commercial companies hoping to send humans into space. Now, they’ll have until 2023 to develop that technology before government regulators step in.

Democratic Senator Bill Nelson, a co-sponsor of the bill, says the legislation will ignite Florida’s Space Coast.

“Cape Canaveral is going to come alive again. All of those vacated and deserted launch pads are going to come alive,” says Nelson. “You will see increased commercial space activity on the Kennedy Space Center, on pad 39-A, from which the shuttle used to launch.”

The bill also hashes out ownership rights of materials mined from asteroids in space and extends the operation of the International Space Station.

The bill heads to President Obama for signing.


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Brendan covers space news for WMFE, everything from rocket launches to the latest scientific discoveries in our universe. He hosts WMFE's weekly radio show and podcast "Are We There Yet?" which explores human space exploration. He also helps produce WMFE's public affairs show "Intersection," working with host ... Read Full Bio »

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