(a) Initiation of development
(1) In general
(2) Goal for operational capability
(b) Minimum capability requirementsThe multi-purpose crew vehicle developed pursuant to subsection (a) shall be designed to have, at a minimum, the following:
The capability to conduct regular in-space operations, such as rendezvous, docking, and extra-vehicular activities, in conjunction with payloads delivered by the Space Launch System developed pursuant to section 18322 of this title, or other vehicles, in preparation for missions beyond low-Earth orbit or servicing of assets described in section 18383 of this title, or other assets in cis-lunar space.
The capability to provide an alternative means of delivery of crew and cargo to the ISS, in the event other vehicles, whether commercial vehicles or partner-supplied vehicles, are unable to perform that function.