July 31, 2020 - Issue: Vol. 166, No. 136 — Daily Edition116th Congress (2019 - 2020) - 2nd Session
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2021; Congressional Record Vol. 166, No. 136
(Extensions of Remarks - July 31, 2020)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Page E711] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2021 ______ speech of HON. ALAN S. LOWENTHAL of california in the house of representatives Thursday, July 30, 2020 Mr. LOWENTHAL. Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to offer this amendment, which specifies that $30 million dollars already provided within NASA's Science Mission Directorate should be set aside for NASA to procure dedicated small launch services for its small satellite missions. This amendment builds off report language included in the FY21 Commerce, Justice, Science bill that directs NASA to work with industry to procure tailored launch services for small satellite science missions. It does not increase spending or transfer money from other line items. I would like to thank my colleagues, Rep. Steven Palazzo and Darren Soto, for their leadership and support on this amendment. Small satellites are playing a big role in our country's space efforts. They are low-cost, easy to produce, and capably achieve a range of missions--including climate and weather monitoring and communications links that connect the world. They support our nation's soldiers in theater, provide hands-on research and learning opportunities for students across the country, and augment our deep space exploration. To support these satellite missions, a market has developed where companies building and operating small rockets to provide what is called ``dedicated launch''--taking these satellites where they need to be, when they need to be there. Long Beach, California, in my district, is home to several of these small launch companies. Together, they employ over a thousand individuals in high-skill, high-wage jobs. They are the future of our industrial ingenuity, technological leadership, and inspiration for the next generation to pursue STEM and aerospace careers. Dedicated small launch will maximize NASA's returns on small satellite science missions by lowering costs, increasing launch opportunities, and taking these satellites exactly where they need to be. I am pleased to offer and support this amendment, which will build off the momentum the Appropriations Committee has established to enable greater science, research, and education using small satellites and small launch. I urge my colleagues to also support this amendment, and our country's continued leadership in aerospace. ____________________