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Titles (3)

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Short Titles as Introduced

SOARS Act
Suborbital and Orbital Advancement and Regulatory Streamlining Act

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Official Title as Introduced

To streamline the process of commercial space launch licensing and to establish demonstration projects involving the use of experimental aircraft in direct and indirect support of commercial space launch activities.


Actions Overview (1)

Date
08/02/2013Introduced in House

All Actions (3)

Date
12/13/2013Referred to the Subcommittee on Space.
Action By: Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
08/02/2013Referred to the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.
Action By: House of Representatives
08/02/2013Introduced in House
Action By: House of Representatives

Cosponsors (4)

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CosponsorDate Cosponsored
Rep. Posey, Bill [R-FL-8]* 08/02/2013
Rep. Crenshaw, Ander [R-FL-4] 11/13/2013
Rep. Bachmann, Michele [R-MN-6] 11/13/2013
Rep. McCaul, Michael T. [R-TX-10] 12/02/2013

Committees (1)

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Reports
House Science, Space, and Technology08/02/2013 Referred to
House Science, Space, and Technology Subcommittee on Space12/13/2013 Referred to

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Introduced in House (08/02/2013)

Suborbital and Orbital Advancement and Regulatory Streamlining Act or SOARS Act - Amends commercial space launch licensing requirements.

Revises the definition of "launch services" to include activities involved in the preparation of a launch vehicle (as under current law) or element thereof, including space flight participant training for a launch.

Authorizes the Secretary of Transportation (DOT) to issue a single license or permit for flight of a launch or reentry vehicle, or element thereof, in support of a launch or reentry, even when the vehicle or element is not being launched or reentered. Requires the Secretary to ensure that all DOT regulations for a licensed or permitted launch or reentry are satisfied under a single license or permit.

Authorizes the issuance of an experimental permit for a particular reusable suborbital rocket (as under current law) or rocket design after a license has been issued for the launch or reentry of a rocket of that design. Declares that any permits already issued shall remain valid for research and development (R&D) and other specified purposes.

Directs the Secretary to establish, under the Office of Commercial Space Transportation of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), a demonstration project to evaluate the benefits of using experimental aircraft for both the direct and indirect support of commercial space launch and reentry activities.