General.—With the cooperation of the
Secretary of Defense and the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and
Space Administration, the Secretary of Transportation shall act to ensure that
a launch of a payload is not preempted from access to a United States
Government launch site or launch property, except for imperative national need,
when a launch date commitment from the Government has been obtained for a
launch licensed under this chapter. A licensee or transferee preempted from
access to a launch site or launch property does not have to pay the Government
any amount for launch services attributable only to the scheduled launch
prevented by the preemption.
Reports.—In cooperation with the Secretary of
Transportation, the Secretary of Defense or the Administrator, as appropriate,
shall submit to Congress not later than 7 days after a decision to preempt
under subsection (a) of this section, a report that includes an explanation of
the circumstances justifying the decision and a schedule for ensuring the
prompt launching of a preempted payload.