A bipartisan bill introduced in the Senate calls for several federal agencies toÂ develop tools that can aid in the government’s space weather research and forecasting activities, Space News reported Wednesday.
Jeff Foust writes theÂ Space Weather Research and Forecasting Act would codify responsibilities of some agencies to help protect U.S. critical infrastructure from the impact of solar orÂ geomagnetic storms.
Sens. Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) are the bill’s sponsors.
TheÂ bill would directÂ the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Defense Department to overseeÂ space weather forecast operationsÂ in the government, Foust reports.
ItÂ also calls on the National Science Foundation and NASA to conduct space science studies and urgesÂ the Department of Homeland Security to examine how solar activity affects infrastructure systems.