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Senator Rubio Introduces Bill to Strengthen Spaceport Operations

Florida Senator Marco Rubio introduced the Enhancing Spaceport Operations Act to help accommodate the additional launches between the U.S. Space Force and commercial launch providers, ensuring that the U.S. remains competitive with the rising threats from China and Russia.

Florida spaceportCurrently, the U.S. Space Force (USSF) is wholly reliant on commercial providers, yet lacks the authority to meet commercial entities’ requirements. As USSF and commercial launches increase in the coming years, new authorities are needed to support launch infrastructure to ensure the U.S. maintains its leadership in space.

“In order to keep the United States as a global leader in space, we must continue to invest in our launch infrastructure,” Senator Rubio said. “This legislation is a common-sense approach that will ensure American commercial and military space operations remain competitive.”

This legislation would directly benefit Space Launch Delta 45, headquartered at Patrick Space Force Base and Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.

Senator Rubio said he will continue to fight for Florida and ensure that the military has the resources it needs in the upcoming National Defense Authorization Act.

View the full Enhancing Spaceport Operations Act online.

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