Page:United States Statutes at Large Volume 106 Part 6.djvu/567

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PUBLIC LAW 102-588—NOV. 4, 1992 106 STAT. 5125 (B) the engineering and designing of such space transportation infrastructure; and (C) technical studies to define how new or enhanced space transportation infrastructure can best meet the needs or the United States commercial space transportation industry; (2) the term "project" means a project (or separate projects submitted together) fortibeaccomplishment of commercial space transportation infrastructure development, including the combined submission of all projects to be undertaken at a particular site in afiscalyear; (3) the term "project grant" means a grant of funds by the Secretary to a sponsor for the accomplishment of one or more projects; (4) the term "public agenc3r" means a State or any agency of a State, a municipality or other political subdivision of a State, or a tax-supported organization; (5) the term "Secretary" means the Secretary of Transportation; and (6) the term "sponsor" mecuis any public agency which, either individually or jointly with one or more other such entities, submits to the Secretary, in accordance with this section, an application for financial assistance for commercial space transportation infrastructure development. (b) ESTABLISHMENT OF GRANT PROGRAM. —In order to ensure the resiliency of the Nation's space transportation infrastructure, the Secretary is authorized to make project grants to sponsors in accordance with this section. There is authorized to be appropriated $10,000,000 for such grants beginning after September 30, 1992. Such funds shall remain available until expended. (c) SELECTION OF PROJECTS.—(1) In selecting projects for grants under subsection (b), the Secretary shall consider— (A) the contribution of the proposed project to industry capabilities which serve Federal space transportation needs; (B) the extent of industry's financial contribution to the proposed project; (C) the extent of industry participation in the proposed project; (D) the positive impact of the proposed project on the international competitiveness of the United States space transportation industry; (£) the extent of state contributions to the proposed project; and (F) the impact of the proposed project on launch operations and other activities at Federal launch ranges. (2) The Secretary shall consult with the Department of Defense, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and other appropriate Federal agencies concerning paragraphs (I)(A) and (IXF). (3) The Secretary shall give preference to those applications with greater levels of industry financial contributions, all other factors being equal. (d) SUBMISSION AND APPROVAL OF PROJECT GRANT APPLICA- TIONS.— (1) Any sponsor of a project may submit to the Secretary a project grant application for one or more projects, in a form containing such information as the Secretary may prescribe, setting forth the project proposed to be undertaken.