Politicians on Capitol Hill in Washington have agreed to provide NASA with $19,508,000,000 as part of its 2017 budget. The figure, an increase on last year, but including mandatory spending (for James Webb telescope for example),will be allocated as follows:
- Science $5,500,000,000
- Includes over $2 billion for Earth Science to improve climate modeling, weather prediction, and natural hazard mitigation, through Earth observation from space.
- Over $1.5 billion for planetary science to explore the planetary bodies of our solar system, Including funds for missions to Jupiter’s moon Europa,continued operations of the Mars Opportunity, Odyssey and Express missions, and for the next New Frontiers mission.
- $570 million of mandatory funding to ensure “on-time” launch of the James Webb Telescope.
- Space Operations $5,023,000,000
- $2.8 billion allocated to Orion Crew Vehicle, Space Launch System (SLS), and Exploration Ground Systems (EGS)
- Exploration $4,330,000,000
- Includes $1.4 billion to continued funding of ISS. NASA also asked to report on feasibility of operating the ISS until 2030.
- $2.8 billion for commercial space to develop and operate safe, reliable, and affordable systems to transport crew to and from the ISS and low Earth orbit.
- Aeronautics $640,000,000
- $299 million is allocated for research into the next generation of ultra fuel efficient civil aircraft
- $210 million allocated to development of new X-Planes
- Space Technology $686,000,000
- $580 million to develop transformative space technologies including green space propellant and a high powered solar propulsion system
- Education $115,000,000
- Safety, Security, and Mission Services $2,788,600,000
- Construction and Environmental Compliance and Restoration $388,000,000
- Inspector General $37,400,000
- mainly dealing with auditing of NASA spending
The House debated the bill, the snappily titled ‘National Aeronautics and Space Administration Transition Authorization Act of 2017′ , on 7th March, after a successful debate in the Senate in February.
It was debated in the House for less than 30 minutes. Following discussion, and virtually no objections, the bill was agreed by voice vote.
The bill will now be passed to the President, to become law.