H.R.3038: SOARS Act

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This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about science, technology, communications
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Sponsor Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.
Total Cosponsors 4 (All Republicans)
Introduced Aug. 2, 2013
Latest Major Action Dec. 13, 2013
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Bill Summary

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 ...

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
Dec. 13, 2013 Referred to the Subcommittee on Space.
Aug. 2, 2013 Referred to the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.