Previous month, the commercial space bill the US Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act got approved by Congress, and was signed into law by President Obama a day before Thanksgiving. The bill is nearly 7,250 words long, but is quite smaller than the usual appropriations bill or defense authorization bill.
The bill’s last four ‘titles’ are less than 500 words. This part of the bill is known as ‘Space Resource Exploration and Utilization’. This is the portion of the bill that has received the highest attention in the past several weeks.