TRUMP BUDGET WOULD LET NASA “KEEP INNOVATING”
The Trump 2018 tax administration budget request includes $ 19.1 billion for NASA, a reduction of $ 561 million from previously announced levels that reduce the number of scientific missions on Earth, eliminate the agency’s education and Eliminate plans by the Obama administration to robotically recover a piece of an asteroid as potential precursors to flights to Mars.
The budget accurately reflects the administration’s master plan, released in March and, as a whole, NASA’s interim administrator said the US space program remains healthy and has been relatively modest reductions from other federal agencies.
“What this budget tells us to do is to continue to do what we have done, very important for us to maintain that course and move forward as an agency with all the good things to do,” Robert Lightfoot told agency employees In a televised speech.
“We have 19.1 billion of an agency, and it really reflects the president and the administration of trust for us in progress. I think you can take a lot of confidence in what you see is what happens and the total pressure on The budget in the country.
The budget continues to firmly support the James Webb space telescope 8.6 billion, the long-awaited successor to the Hubble Space Telescope that will be launched next year, two robotic giants of Mars, a planned mission to study Europe, the moon of Jupiter enigma Of the orbit – has excluded Lander – and two probes designed to study asteroids.
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Relatively minor cuts have been imposed on the rocket space agency launching system and crew capsule for deep space Orion plans to go beyond the lower Earth orbit, d first with flights to the moon in the decade Of 2020, followed by possible flights to Mars in the 2030s.
“We have had a fixed horizon for some time to get to Mars, and this budget supports this work and also provides the necessary resources to continue exploring our solar system and looking beyond,” Lightfoot said in a statement. “And it allows us to continue to innovate and create the technologies that will lead us into space and improve the aviation systems that we all depend on.”
The International Space Station remains fully funded, as cargo missions launched by SpaceX and Orbital ATK are commercially acquired. Funds for the continued development of commercial ship crews built by SpaceX and Boeing to transport astronauts to and from the space station are reduced in the new budget request, but that was to be expected as companies are in the preparation phase for the flight.
Trump management promotes these public-private partnerships and NASA’s management seems to agree.
“The budget maintains and expands public-private partnerships as the basis for future civil space efforts in the United States,” Lightfoot said in the preface to the budget document. “These partnerships have allowed the US industry to provide goods resupply services to the International Space Station and the imminent return of the ability to launch US ground astronauts.
“The budget creates new opportunities for collaboration with industry in space station operations, occupation of deep Earth observation areas and development of new technologies …. Our missions help develop our industrial base in Evolution, strengthening our economic and national security and gives us greater capacity and flexibility to reach the difficult exploration targets.