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Congressman Rohrabacher Introduces Legislation Creating National Endowment for Space and Aeronautics

Aug 27, 2004

Washington, Aug 27, 2004 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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27 August 2004

(Washington, D.C.) Rep. Rohrabacher introduced legislation that will establish a National Endowment for Space and Aeronautics, in order to boost the private development of suborbital space flight.

With a cash reserve generated from both governmental and private sources, the Endowment will encourage individual initiative to push the boundaries of suborbital space flight and space exploration. The Endowment will be chiefly directed to award a prize for the demonstration of a reusable space flight vehicle to carry at least one person to a minimum altitude of 400 kilometers from the United States, or its territories. The spacecraft would also have to complete at least three full orbits of the Earth and return safely to the Earth. The total amount of the cash prize for this demonstration would not exceed $100,000,000.

"I'm encouraged that individuals like Burt Rutan, Mike Melvill and Brian Binnie, like the pioneers before them, will open new frontiers that will continue to benefit American's leadership role in space. The Endowment legislation is a small step in the right direction," Rohrabacher said.