STAND. COM. REP. NO. 2107

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

                  

 

RE:    S.B. No. 2583

 

 

 

Honorable Donna Mercado Kim

President of the Senate

Twenty-Seventh State Legislature

Regular Session of 2014

State of Hawaii

 

Madam:

 

     Your Committee on Public Safety, Intergovernmental and Military Affairs, to which was referred S.B. No. 2583 entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO THE PACIFIC INTERNATIONAL SPACE CENTER FOR EXPLORATION SYSTEMS AND NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION LASER COMMUNICATIONS GROUND STATION INITIATIVE,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

     The purpose and intent of this measure is to appropriate funds for a National Aeronautics and Space Administration and Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems engineering assessment of a proposal to establish a laser optical communications ground station in Hawaii, with infrastructure construction beginning in 2016, contingent on a dollar-for-dollar match of funds from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

 

     Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism; University of Hawaii Hilo; Hawaii County Council; Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems; Ferraro Choi; Paragon Space Development Corporation; and eleven individuals.

 

     Your Committee finds that space laser technology has the potential to support laser communications between spacecraft and Earth, provide ten to one hundred times higher data rates than traditional radio frequency systems with the same mass and power, and stimulate the State's economy through the creation of high-tech jobs.  Your Committee further finds that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration conducted a detailed statistical analysis of weather patterns and identified Hawaii as the best site in the United States to establish the first laser optical communications ground station.

 

     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Public Safety, Intergovernmental and Military Affairs that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 2583 and recommends that it pass Second Reading and be referred to the Committee on Ways and Means.

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Public Safety, Intergovernmental and Military Affairs,

 

 

 

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WILL ESPERO, Chair