FYI: Science Policy News
116th Congress
Promoting Research and Observations of Space Weather to Improve the Forecasting of Tomorrow (PROSWIFT) Act
To improve understanding and forecasting of space weather, and for other purposes.
Summary of Selected Provisions

Provisions in final bill

  • Delineates the responsibilities for space weather-related research, forecasting, preparedness, and response among the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Science Foundation, NASA, Department of Defense, Department of Interior, and the Federal Aviation Administration
  • Directs the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Science and Technology Council to coordinate relevant agency activities
  • Requires NOAA to secure reliable backup capabilities for “near real-time coronal mass ejection imagery, solar wind, solar imaging, coronal imagery, and other relevant observations required to provide space weather forecasts”
  • Directs NOAA to consider options for building on baseline observation capabilities, including “commercial solutions, prize authority, academic partnerships, microsatellites, ground-based instruments, and opportunities to deploy the instrument or instruments as a secondary payload on an upcoming planned launch”
  • Authorizes NOAA to establish a pilot program for purchasing space weather data from commercial entities
  • Creates a 15 member space weather advisory group, with membership split evenly between representatives from the academic, commercial, and end-user communities
Primary Sponsors
Co-sponsors by Party
  • 01/09/2020
    Advanced by House Science, Space, and Technology Committee
  • 11/22/2019
    Introduced in House