The Presidential plans of Donald trump regarding the NASA budget is now known, and now it seems that the us space Agency will not face such extreme cuts like other Federal agencies, States next year. NASA will receive $ 19.1 billion in fiscal year 2018, $ 200 million less than in 2016. These funds will keep NASA in General, in the same way in which the Agency was held for the last seven years, at least, however, and will offer some big shake-UPS. Including a number of cuts in educational programs.
In a statement, acting NASA administrator Robert Lightfoot said that the proposal was "in line with our funding in recent years and will enable us to effectively perform our core mission for the nation, even in these times of financial constraints".
In Short, were lifted, some very interesting missions, including the controversial mission of NASA's asteroid redirect initiative for the robotic extraction of a portion of an asteroid and bringing it to the moon. However, Lightfoot stressed that the most part of technologies of solar engines developed for the mission could still be carried forward to future projects. "I was personally involved in the team and its progress over the last few years and I am extremely proud of their efforts to advance this mission," says Lightfoot.
The Mission to landing on Jupiter's moon Europe is also canceled. Meanwhile, it does not require any major changes to the space exploration program of NASA. There is no question of returning to the moon, so the Agency continues to focus on the "Journey to Mars".
However, the budget request focuses on the fact that NASA has worked with commercial space industry, and mentioned that the proposal "supports and expands the partnership between the public and private sectors as the Foundation for future US efforts in the area of civil space." The paper argues that, in accordance with the new budget, NASA would be open to "cooperation with industry" in management of space station, development of deep-water habitats and the maintenance of small satellite groups.
As for the manned space program of NASA, with them all will be the same. Currently, the space Agency is building two vehicles — a giant rocket, Space Launch System and crew capsule Orion is to send humans into deep space and someday, perhaps, to Mars. These two programs will receive a total of $ 3.7 billion from the request, almost the same as in 2016. The lack of increase in spending for SLS and Orion, probably means that NASA will not change their current plan for implementing these programs. A couple of weeks ago, NASA announced that it is considering new options for the placement of people in the first flights of SLS and Orion. But without a budget increase, most likely, the Agency will adhere to the old scenario: unmanned flight of the SLS in 2018, followed by a manned mission a few years later.
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