(1) Launch vehicle.— The term “launch vehicle” means any vehicle constructed for the purpose of operating in, or placing a payload in, outer space.
(2) Payload.— The term “payload” means an object which a person undertakes to place in outer space by means of a launch vehicle, and includes subcomponents of the launch vehicle specifically designed or adapted for that object.
(b) In General.— Commercial payloads may not be accepted for launch as primary payloads on the space shuttle unless the Administrator determines that—
(1)the payload requires the unique capabilities of the space shuttle; or
(2)launching of the payload on the space shuttle is important for either national security or foreign policy purposes.
Pub. L. 101–611, title II, § 203, Nov. 16, 1990, 104 Stat. 3206; Pub. L. 105–303, title II, § 203(2), Oct. 28, 1998, 112 Stat. 2855.
42 U.S.C. 2465f.
Pub. L. 101–611, title II, § 206, Nov. 16, 1990, 104 Stat. 3207; Pub. L. 105–303, title II, § 203(4), Oct. 28, 1998, 112 Stat. 2855.
In subsection (a), the words “this section” are substituted for “this title”, meaning title II of Public Law 101–611, because title II of Public Law 101–611 was previously repealed except for section
201 (a short title provision, classified to 42 U.S.C. 2451 note, in which neither defined term appears) and sections
203 (42 U.S.C. 2465c) and 206 (42 U.S.C. 2465f) of Public Law 101–611, which are restated in this section.
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