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Short Titles as Reported to House

Space Resource Exploration and Utilization Act of 2015

Short Titles as Introduced

Space Resource Exploration and Utilization Act of 2015

Official Titles

Official Titles - House of Representatives

Official Title as Introduced

To promote the development of a United States commercial space resource exploration and utilization industry and to increase the exploration and utilization of resources in outer space.


Actions Overview (2)

Date
06/15/2015Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. H. Rept. 114-153.
03/19/2015Introduced in House

All Actions (6)

Date
06/15/2015Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 111.
Action By: House of Representatives
06/15/2015Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. H. Rept. 114-153.
Action By: Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
05/13/2015Ordered to be Reported (Amended) by the Yeas and Nays: 18 - 15.
Action By: Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
05/13/2015Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
Action By: Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
03/19/2015Referred to the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.
Action By: House of Representatives
03/19/2015Introduced in House
Action By: House of Representatives

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Reports
House Science, Space, and Technology03/19/2015 Referred to
05/13/2015 Markup by
06/15/2015 Reported by H. Rept. 114-153

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Reported to House with amendment(s) (06/15/2015)

Space Resource Exploration and Utilization Act of 2015

(Sec. 2) Directs the President, acting through appropriate federal agencies, to:

  • facilitate the commercial exploration and utilization of space resources to meet national needs;
  • discourage government barriers to the development of economically viable, safe, and stable industries for the exploration and utilization of space resources in manners consistent with the existing international obligations of the United States; and
  • promote the right of U.S. commercial entities to explore outer space and utilize space resources, in accordance with such obligations, free from harmful interference, and to transfer or sell such resources.

Defines "space resource" as a natural resource of any kind found in place in outer space.

Directs the President to make recommendations to Congress for: (1) the allocation of responsibilities relating to the exploration and utilization of space resources among federal agencies, and (2) any authorities necessary to meet U.S. international obligations with respect to such exploration and resource utilization.

Declares that any asteroid resources obtained in outer space are the property of the entity that obtained them, which shall be entitled to all property rights to them, consistent with applicable federal law and existing international obligations.

States that a U.S. commercial space resource utilization entity:

  • shall avoid causing harmful interference in outer space, and
  • may bring a civil action in a U.S. district court for any action by another entity subject to U.S. jurisdiction causing harmful interference to its operations with respect to an asteroid resource utilization activity in outer space.