Sending Office: Honorable Scott R. Tipton
Cosponsor H.R. 1029 – the Space Resource Institute Act
Cosponsors: Ed Perlmutter (D-CO), Katie Hill (D-CA), Derek Kilmer (D-WA)
Endorsed By: Colorado School of Mines, Colorado Space Grant Consortium
Since the 1960s, the U.S. has dominated space exploration and aeronautical innovation. Colorado has played a critical role in this success as one of the largest aerospace industries in the country. Stakeholders like the Colorado Space Business Roundtable,
the Space Foundation, the United Launch Alliance, the University of Colorado at Boulder, and Lockheed Martin have engaged us on the newer issue of In-Situ Research Utilization (ISRU). ISRU is the practice of using materials found on the moon and asteroids
to replace materials that have otherwise been found on Earth.
Now, NASA is making strides in incentivizing ISRU development. NASA awarded 10 companies funding in 2018 to conduct studies to promote technologies that process and use space resources for missions to the Moon and Mars. Finding ways to harness space resources
now, to use as propellent for spaceflight missions, will help us achieve our long-term goals of going to the Moon and Mars at a quicker rate. American scientists and engineers have worked to advance research into the space resource development field but there
is no central hub to support such efforts, which is why I introduced H.R. 1029 – the Space Resource Institute Act.
H.R. 1029 would direct the Administrator of NASA to submit a report to Congress, within 180 days of its passage, on the merits of, and options for, establishing an institute relating to space resources to advance the objectives of NASA in maintaining U.S.
preeminence in space. Those objectives include:
- Identifying and distributing space resources through the encouragement of developing of foundational science and technology;
- Reducing the technological risks associated with identifying and distributing space resources;
- Developing options for using space resources to support current and future space programs and to enable ones that wouldn’t otherwise be possible.
The passage of H.R. 1029 would build upon the accomplishments of the U.S. Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act (CSLCA) which was introduced by Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy in 2015 and was signed into law by President Obama. The CSLCA made it legal
to facilitate and participate in commercial exploration and recovery of and for space resources. As academia, the private sector, and federal agencies engage in ISRU research, all parties will benefit from a central institution where research can be shared,
expanded upon, and put into action.
To cosponsor H.R. 1029 please email
firstname.lastname@example.org in Rep. Tipton’s office.
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