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Re: NASA FY 2018 Budget Request
« Reply #120 on: 06/09/2017 02:11 AM »
NASA Proposed FY 2018 Budget Overview, House Space Subcommittee, June 8, 2017 (starts at 35m50s):


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Re: NASA FY 2018 Budget Request
« Reply #121 on: 07/01/2017 08:20 AM »
Which means that if the National Space Council is reconstituted with V.P. Pence at it's head, that we should really be looking to V.P. Pence for indications of where the administration will be pointing NASA.  That all we can and should expect from Trump will be platitudes, but no actionable details.

Good point.  What do we know about Pence's record on space when he was in Congress?

To answer my own question, attached is a budget-cutting proposal prepared by the Republican Study Committee, chaired by Mike Pence, in 2005.  It called for canceling "NASA's New Moon/Mars Initiative" (Constellation).  I learned of this from NASA Watch's recent post, "Mike Pence Was Against Ares 5/Orion Before He Was For SLS/Orion."

I would guess, though, the Pence has now flip-flopped into supporting Orion/SLS (not that it's much of a flip-flop by Washington's standards).
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Re: NASA FY 2018 Budget Request
« Reply #122 on: 07/07/2017 01:00 AM »
NASA FY18 Budget Request Review, Senate Appropriations Subcommittee, June 29, 2017:

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Re: NASA FY 2018 Budget Request
« Reply #123 on: 07/07/2017 01:25 AM »
Here is the House committee's proposed CJS bill (NASA starts at page 60):

https://appropriations.house.gov/uploadedfiles/bills-115hr-sc-ap-fy2018-cjs-commercejusticescience.pdf

https://appropriations.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=394951

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) – NASA is funded at $19.9 billion, $219 million above the 2017 enacted level. This funding includes:

$4.6 billion for Exploration – $226 million above the fiscal year 2017 enacted level. This includes funding to continue the development of the Orion crew vehicle and Space Launch System and related ground systems.

$5.9 billion for NASA Science programs – $94 million above the fiscal year 2017 enacted level. This targets funding to planetary science and astrophysics to ensure the continuation of critical research and development programs, while reducing funding for lower-priority research.
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Re: NASA FY 2018 Budget Request
« Reply #124 on: 07/11/2017 05:52 AM »
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FAA Space Office To Get Budget Boost from House Appropriators http://www.spacepolicyonline.com/news/faa-space-office-to-get-budget-boost-from-house-appropriators

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House appropriators are recommending a budget boost for FAA's Office of Commercial Space Transportation (AST).  The office received $19.8 million for FY2017, but the Trump budget proposal for FY2018 is $2 million less.  By contrast, the House appropriations subcommittee that funds the office is proposing $21.587 million.

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Re: NASA FY 2018 Budget Request
« Reply #125 on: 07/11/2017 01:46 PM »
Here is the House committee's proposed CJS bill (NASA starts at page 60):

https://appropriations.house.gov/uploadedfiles/bills-115hr-sc-ap-fy2018-cjs-commercejusticescience.pdf

https://appropriations.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=394951

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) – NASA is funded at $19.9 billion, $219 million above the 2017 enacted level. This funding includes:

$4.6 billion for Exploration – $226 million above the fiscal year 2017 enacted level. This includes funding to continue the development of the Orion crew vehicle and Space Launch System and related ground systems.

$5.9 billion for NASA Science programs – $94 million above the fiscal year 2017 enacted level. This targets funding to planetary science and astrophysics to ensure the continuation of critical research and development programs, while reducing funding for lower-priority research.

The bill will be marked up on Thursday:

https://appropriations.house.gov/calendar/eventsingle.aspx?EventID=394969

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Re: NASA FY 2018 Budget Request
« Reply #126 on: 07/15/2017 12:18 AM »
Here is the House CJS Committee report (NASA starts at page 53):

http://docs.house.gov/meetings/AP/AP00/20170713/106248/HRPT-115-HR-p1.pdf

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Re: NASA FY 2018 Budget Request
« Reply #127 on: 07/24/2017 02:45 PM »
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Jeff Foust‏ @jeff_foust 4m4 minutes ago

In NASA Advisory Council science cmte meeting, NASA’s Craig Tupper says he thinks FY18 budget for NASA science will follow past trends.
https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/889495428139503616

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Jeff Foust‏ @jeff_foust 3m3 minutes ago

Tupper says he expects Senate to fund NASA science at a similar overall level to House bill, but with more money for Earth science.
https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/889495625468923905

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Re: NASA FY 2018 Budget Request
« Reply #128 on: 07/25/2017 03:34 PM »
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Marcia Smith‏ @SpcPlcyOnline 47s47 seconds ago

Senate Approps THUD sbcmt approved FY2018 bill, but info released doesn't provide enuf detail to know how FAA space office fared.

https://twitter.com/SpcPlcyOnline/status/889871109830709253

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Re: NASA FY 2018 Budget Request
« Reply #129 on: 07/25/2017 11:04 PM »
Quote from: Summary of Senate Appropriation bill
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) – $19.5 billion for NASA, $124 million below the FY2017 enacted level and $437 million above the budget request, to support the human and robotic exploration of space, fund science missions that enhance the understanding of the Earth, the solar system, and the universe, and support fundamental aeronautics research.  This includes:
•    $2.15 billion for the Space Launch System (SLS), which is $212 million above the request.  The funding continues the development schedule for SLS, and provides $300 million in critical funding for upper stage engine work for future crewed missions.
•    $1.3 billion for the Orion crewed spacecraft, $164 million above the request, to continue development of NASA’s next deep-space crewed capsule.
•    $5.6 billion for Science, $193 million below the FY2017 enacted level and $140 million below the request. 
•    $732 million, the same as the request, to further develop a domestic crew launch capability.
•    $700 million for Space Technology, $14 million above the FY2017 enacted level and $21 million above the request.  Funding is included to advance projects in early stages of development that are expected to eventually demonstrate capabilities needed for future space exploration.
•    $100 million is provided for the Education programs proposed to be eliminated in the budget request.  NASA EPSCoR is funded at $18 million, Space Grant is funded at $40 million, the Minority University Research and Education Project is funded at $32 million, and STEM Education and Accountability projects is funded at $10 million.

https://www.appropriations.senate.gov/news/majority/fy2018-commerce-justice-science-appropriations-bill-clears-senate-subcommittee
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Re: NASA FY 2018 Budget Request
« Reply #131 on: 07/27/2017 08:23 PM »

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Re: NASA FY 2018 Budget Request
« Reply #132 on: 07/27/2017 11:06 PM »
The Senate put the money back into Earth sciences:

http://spacenews.com/senate-restores-funding-for-nasa-earth-science-and-satellite-servicing-programs/

The Senate took the money from planetary science in order to put it into Earth science. The Senate needs Democratic votes to pass its CJS appropriations bill (the House doesn't).
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Re: NASA FY 2018 Budget Request
« Reply #133 on: 07/28/2017 03:15 PM »
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July 28, 2017

 

 

Coalition For Deep Space Exploration On Approval Of The Senate FY 2018 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations Bill

 

WASHINGTON, DC - The Coalition for Deep Space Exploration (Coalition) commends the Senate Appropriations Committee’s approval of the FY 2018 Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS) Appropriations bill, which would fund NASA from October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018.  The bill incudes funding for key NASA exploration programs in a challenging budget environment where overall spending allocations for the bill, including NASA, were reduced.  The bill provides $19.5 billion for NASA overall, which is a reduction of $124 million below the current FY 2017 funding level, but is $437 million above the FY 2018 President’s Budget Request.

 

“The Coalition appreciates Chairman Shelby and Ranking Member Shaheen’s leadership in supporting NASA’s human exploration and science programs in their FY 2018 bill,” said Dr. Mary Lynne Dittmar, the President and CEO of the Coalition.  “The funding provided for NASA’s programs will continue America’s leadership in space, while strengthening our national aerospace industrial base through the work of suppliers across all 50 states that are contributing to these groundbreaking science and exploration missions.”

 

Within this allocation, the bill continues the full funding levels from FY 2017 for NASA’s deep space rocket, the Space Launch System ($2.15 billion), and crew spacecraft, Orion ($1.35 billion), while providing an increase for Exploration Ground Systems ($640.9 million) to support the launch of these systems for the upcoming Exploration Missions.  The bill also provides $350 million for Exploration Research and Development to support in space propulsion, robotic lunar landers and deep space habitat development.  Within this funding, the Committee provided $119.7 million for habitat development and the establishment of a habitat program office.

 

The Committee provided $5.571 billion for NASA’s Science portfolio, including funding for the James Webb Space Telescope ($533.7 million), the Wide-Field InfraRed Survey Telescope ($150 million) and the Double Asteroid Redirection Test ($66 million).  It also provides $10 million to establish a new space weather research program in coordination with the Department of Defense and NOAA.

 

The bill would provide a small increase for Space Technology ($700 million) to support key exploration technologies that will enable human and scientific research beyond low Earth orbit, such as nuclear thermal propulsion systems ($75 million) and other technologies.  It also includes continued funding for cargo and crew transportation services to the International Space Station, which provides an important platform for human exploration and science research in advance of upcoming Exploration Missions.

 

About the Coalition for Deep Space Exploration

 

The Coalition for Deep Space Exploration is a national organization of more than 70 space industry businesses and advocacy groups focused on ensuring the United States remains a leader in space, science and technology. Based in Washington D.C., the Coalition engages in outreach and education reinforcing the value and benefits of human space exploration and space science with the public and our nation’s leaders, building lasting support for a long-term, sustainable, strategic direction for our nation’s space program.

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Re: NASA FY 2018 Budget Request
« Reply #134 on: 07/28/2017 04:21 PM »
The bill and report of the Senate's CJS Appropriation bill are now available:
https://www.appropriations.senate.gov/hearings/full-committee-markup-of-the-cjs-thud-and-legislative-branch-appropriations-bills-for-fy2018

Here is the bill (NASA starts at page 69):
Link to Bill

Here is the report (NASA starts at page 101):
Link to Report
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Re: NASA FY 2018 Budget Request
« Reply #135 on: 07/28/2017 04:43 PM »
Some of the interesting parts of the Report:

Quote from: Page 108 of the Report
Nuclear Propulsion.—NASA is continuing its work to develop the foundational technologies and advance low-enriched uranium nuclear thermal propulsion systems that can provide significantly faster trip times for crewed missions than non-nuclear options. The Committee provides $75,000,000 for ongoing nuclear thermal propulsion technologies for space transportation and exploration. This funding is provided for NASA to work towards the goal of being able to conduct a propulsion subscale ground test by 2020.
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Re: NASA FY 2018 Budget Request
« Reply #136 on: 07/28/2017 04:46 PM »
Quote from: Page 110 of the Report
Advanced Exploration Systems.—The amount provided for Advanced Exploration Systems enables NASA to continue current activities within NASA and with industry related to VASIMR propulsion technology, In Situ Resource Utilization, and Lunar CATALYST. The Committee also encourages NASA to continue to study and quantify potential exposure to cosmic rays through initiatives such as the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer.

The Committee further includes the request level of $119,700,000 for habitat systems research and development. The Committee expects NASA to establish in fiscal year 2018 a habitat development program office at a center that holds proficiency and heritage in habitation, life support systems development, and science operations to oversee and support NASA’s current and future in-space habitat development activities.
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Re: NASA FY 2018 Budget Request
« Reply #137 on: 07/28/2017 04:50 PM »
Quote from: page 107 of the Report
The Committee is supportive of many of the technologies being developed within Space Technology, which will have wide ranging benefits for NASA missions and throughout the agency. Of particular note are the enabling technologies of Solar Electric Propulsion, the laser communications relay demonstration, and composite tanks and structural materials. These key supporting technologies will provide enabling capabilities for multiple robotic and human exploration missions.

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Re: NASA FY 2018 Budget Request
« Reply #138 on: 08/02/2017 12:23 AM »
Another article on the Senate CJS appropriations bill:

http://spacepolicyonline.com/news/senate-appropriators-give-nasa-mixed-news/
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Re: NASA FY 2018 Budget Request
« Reply #139 on: 09/06/2017 06:09 PM »
A short term CR will be passed until December 15th 2017:

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“In the meeting, the president and congressional leadership agreed to pass aid for Harvey, an extension of the debt limit, and a continuing resolution both to December 15, all together,” Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said in a joint statement.

http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/349447-dems-say-trump-agrees-to-short-term-funding-debt-package

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