(Aero-Space Technology) House Rpt.107-740 VA-HUD Appropriations Bill 2003

Status Report From: House Appropriations Committee
Posted: Sunday, October 13, 2002



Within the Aero-Space Technology portion of this account, the Committee recommends $2,883,850,000 a net increase of $68,050,000 to the budget request.

The Committee has grown increasingly concerned that today's airspace modernization efforts fall short of addressing existing and emerging needs. Growing numbers of flight delays and cancellations over the past few years can be attributed to fundamental limitations in aviation system capacity. Congestion, delays and inefficient routing have serious economic and environmental consequences. The events of September 11, 2001 not only highlighted the importance of aviation to our entire economy, but also demonstrated the need to enhance aviation system security to reduce the risk that future threats result in the shutdown of our national airspace system.

The Committee strongly urges the NASA Administrator, in consultation with the FAA Administrator to participate in a national initiative with the objective of defining and developing an air traffic management system designed to meet national long-term aviation security, safety, capacity and efficiency needs. Such an initiative would result in a multi-agency blueprint for acquisition and implementation of an air traffic management system that would build upon current air traffic management and infrastructure initiatives. The initiative should take a system of systems approach toward integrating the requirements, resources, and capabilities of all key agencies or department and utilize stakeholder based system performance requirements to determine an optimal operational concept and system architecture. New modeling, simulation, and analysis tools should be used to validate system performance and benefits. The national initiative should also develop a transition plan for successful implementation into the National Airspace System (NAS).

The Committee recognizes that any significant improvement in the National Airspace System will depend upon a robust technology development program. Given the thirty-year involvement of Glenn Research Center in developing innovative communications research and technology for NASA, the Center should play a significant role in achieving the development of this technology.

The Committee recommends the following adjustments to the budget request:

1. An increase of $19,000,000 for Intelligent Propulsion for Next Generation Aircraft to build on and leverage the Ultra Efficient Engine Technology and Quiet Aircraft Technology programs.

2. An increase of $2,500,000 for the NASA-Illinois Technology Commercialization Center at DuPage County Research Park.

3. An increase of $300,000 for the Rural Technology Transfer and Commercialization Center of Durant, Oklahoma.

4. An increase of $2,000,000 for the Tulane Institute for Macromolecular Engineering and Science for polymer research.

5. An increase of $1,500,000 for the Glennan Microsystem Initiative.

6. An increase of $500,000 to be used for continued development of an electric/diesel hybrid engine at Bowling Green State University in conjunction with the University of Toledo.

7. An increase of $6,000,000 for the HITS multilateration sensor and surveillance server for Airport Surface Detection and Management System.

8. An increase of $5,000,000 to develop in partnership with the Air Force Research Laboratory-Information Directorate, the JVIEW modeling and simulation system for satellite coverage analysis, ground radars and air traffic over the United States.

9. An increase of $5,000,000 for Project SOCRATES.

10. An increase of $7,000,000 for continuation of the Space Alliance Technology Outreach Program, including $3,000,000 for business incubators, in Florida and New York.

11. An increase of $1,000,000 for the Advanced Interactive Discovery Environment engineering research program at Syracuse University.

12. An increase of $5,000,000 for the National Center of Excellence in Infotonics in Rochester, New York.

13. An increase of $1,500,000 for the Virtual Collaboration Center at the North Carolina GigaPop.

14. An increase of $2,000,000 for the Garrett Morgan Commercialization Initiative in Ohio.

15. An increase of $1,000,000 for on-going activities in support of NASA Dryden Flight Research Center's Intelligent Flight Control System (IFCS) research project.

16. An increase of $1,250,000 for ongoing research at Marshall Space Flight Center in the area of advanced and breakthrough solutions for propulsion.

17. An increase of $9,000,000 for hydrogen research being conducted by the Florida State University System.

18. An increase of $5,000,000 to develop in partnership with the Air Force Research Laboratory-Information Directorate, the JVIEW modeling and simulation system for satellite coverage analysis, ground radars and air traffic over the United States.

19. An increase of $500,000 for aerospace projects being accomplished by the Montana Aerospace Development Authority.

20. An increase of $800,000 for Middle Tennessee State University for the SATS Aerospace Flight Education Research Initiative.

21. An increase of $3,000,000 for the Advanced Power Systems project.

22. An increase of $5,000,000 for the DP 2 vectored thrust program.

23. An increase of $2,000,000 for the Energy Momentum Wheel project at Goddard Space Flight Center.

24. An increase of $1,000,000 for COM simulation architecture program.

25. An increase of $4,000,000 for NASA's Independent Verification and Validation Facility

26. An increase of $2,000,000 for equipment for the Computer Forensics Technology Center at Utica College of Syracuse University.

27. An increases of $7,000,000 for the Small Aircraft Transportation System. The Committee is concerned that NASA has not requested sufficient funding to enable the Small Aircraft Transportation System (SATS) program to demonstrate the practical application of the SATS Program concept, which offers the promise of extending reliable point-to-point air service to smaller communities and has provided this increase. The additional funding is to be invested through the governance process of the National Consortium for Aviation Mobility (NCAM), exclusively for acceleration of regional service demonstrations that apply those SATS and related technologies ready for implementation, and for automotive technology transfer. The Committee expects NCAM to use these additional funds to accelerate the planning and conduct of SATS regional service demonstrations in states with strong state, community, and transportation service provider participation in the NCAM partnership. This funding for NCAM is in addition to the $11,750,000 proposed by NASA for fiscal year 2003. Further, the Committee expects the SATS service demonstrations to provide the participating communities and their representative organizations with an opportunity to participate in SATS transportation service demonstrations, an analysis of economic impacts and related implications of improved air access to smaller communities, and an explanation of the technologies behind the concept.

The Committee expects the SATS program to engage NCAM partners in efforts to enhance the affordability of SATS to end-users through an inter-modal transportation technology transfer effort in coordination with relevant industrial automotive technology development efforts.

The Committee expects the SATS service demonstrations to be done in collaboration with the FAA and, as appropriate, in cooperation with the FAA's Safe Flight 21 Program. The SATS project will address issues raised by the FAA regarding operational procedures and safety criteria for the SATS technologies and their deployment. A primary objective of the FAA NASA collaboration in the SATS program is for the output of the 2005 demonstration activities to be sufficient to define the implementation actions required for deployment of SATS transportation services.

NASA is directed to provide a report to the Committees on Appropriations of the House and the Senate on the status of program progress and results on March 31 of each year. Finally, the Committee directs that future budget requests for SATS shall identify sufficient funding to enable NCAM to fully carry out the service demonstrations and the automotive technology transfer, including adequate funding to support full collaboration between SATS and the FAA.

28. A decrease of $31,000,000, without prejudice, from the Space Launch Initiative program. The Committee recommendation includes the full request for of $62,700,000 for Alternative Access to Station. Because NASA's Research Maximization and Prioritization Task Force has called for additional ``upmass'' to improve ISS research productivity, the Committee directs that these funds be used to demonstrate a near-term commercial ISS re-supply service.

29. An increase of $500,000 for the Advanced Space Propulsion Materials Research and Technology Center at Alabama A&M University.

30. An increase of $1,000,000 for high temperature nanotechnology research to be conducted at Glenn Research Center.

31. An increase of $1,000,000 for the computing, information, and communications technology program only for the development, demonstration and assessment of a mobile, wireless, broadband internet capability.

The Committee supports the mission of Wallops Flight Facility and that facility's fully capable test range for low-cost, aerospace-based, science and technology research through small to medium-sized missions. However, the Committee does not support the alteration of existing roles and responsibilities of NASA's flight centers.

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