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"Space Force should consider alternative launch sites, lawmakers say"

  • 15 May 2024 07:36
    Message # 13356998


    HASC is set to mark up the defense policy bill on May 22.

    According to the report, the Senate Armed Services Committee is scheduled to mark up its NDAA version from June 11 to 14.


    By Courtney Albon                                       May 14, 2024


    In the House Armed Services Committee’s draft fiscal 2025 defense policy bill, lawmakers raised concerns about the ability of DOD’s most in-demand spaceports at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida and Vandenberg Space Force Base in California to meet military and commercial capacity needs in the coming years.

    “Given the emerging needs of department and commercial launch operators, the [National Security Space Launch] program must meet requirements that enable payload processing and launch beyond the current NSSL-capable locations on the Western and Eastern ranges,” the committee said.


    But lawmakers also want them to consider the feasibility of launching NSSL payloads from other ranges as soon as 2025. The bill lists potential alternative sites, including Wallops Island in Virginia, Pacific Spaceport Complex in Alaska, and Spaceport America in New Mexico.



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