PUBLIC LAW 109–163—JAN. 6, 2006
119 STAT. 3409
transition of operational control of small satellite demonstrations from the Missile Defense Agency to the Department of the Air Force. (3) A partnership between the Missile Defense Agency and the Department of the Air Force in the development of common high-altitude and near-space assets for the respective missions of the Missile Defense Agency and the Department of the Air Force. SEC. 914. REPORT ON USE OF SPACE RADAR FOR TOPOGRAPHICAL MAPPING FOR SCIENTIFIC AND CIVIL PURPOSES.
(a) REPORT REQUIRED.—Not later than October 1, 2006, the Secretary of Defense shall submit to the congressional defense committees a report on the feasibility and advisability of using systems developed within the Space Radar program of the Department of Defense for purposes of providing coastal zone and other topographical mapping information, and related information, to the scientific community and other elements of the private sector for scientific and civil purposes. (b) REPORT ELEMENTS.—The report required by subsection (a) shall include the following: (1) A description and evaluation of any use of Space Radar systems for scientific or civil purposes that is identified by the Secretary for purposes of the report. (2) A description and evaluation of any addition or modification to Space Radar systems that is identified by the Secretary for purposes of the report that would increase the utility of those systems to the scientific community or other elements of the private sector for scientific or civil purposes, including the use of additional frequencies, the development or enhancement of ground systems, and the enhancement of operations. (3) A description and evaluation of the effects, if any, on the primary missions of the Space Radar, and on the development of the Space Radar, of the use of systems developed within the Space Radar program for scientific or civil purposes. (4) A description of the costs of any addition or modification identified pursuant to paragraph (2). (5) A description of the process for developing and validating requirements for the Space Radar, including the involvement of the Civil Applications Committee or other organizations outside the Department of Defense. (6) A description and evaluation of the processes that would be used to modify Space Radar systems in order to meet the needs of the scientific community, or other elements of the private sector with respect to the use of those systems for scientific or civil purposes, and for meeting the costs of such modifications. SEC. 915. SENSE OF CONGRESS REGARDING NATIONAL SECURITY ASPECT OF UNITED STATES PREEMINENCE IN HUMAN SPACEFLIGHT.
(a) FINDINGS.—The Congress finds that the following: (1) Preeminence by the United States in human spaceflight allows the United States to project leadership around the world and forms an important component of United States national security.
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