Reps. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., and Ken Calvert., R-Calif., have introduced a bill to designate space assets as part of critical infrastructure. The bill would address the absence of a singular platform that delivers infrastructure security resources and expertise needed by the space industry.
The Space Infrastructure Act would task the Department of Homeland Security to protect space systems and services, which are currently not considered as critical infrastructure, Lieu's office said Friday.
DHS would analyze the security of satellites, launch systems, communications systems, manufacturing facilities and other assets that directly or indirectly contribute to space infrastructure.
“American assets in space play a vital role in our economic and national security,” Calvert said.
He noted that federal agencies and the space industry must work together to address the evolving threat landscape.