NASA budget cut: missions to Europe and the asteroid diversion will not be
Donald Trump's presidential plans regarding NASA budget is now known, and now it seems that the US space agency will not face such extreme abbreviations as other US federal agencies in the next year. NASA received 19, 1 billion dollars 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 kept the last seven years, though, indeed, offered several large peretryasok. Including - a series of educational programs for the reduction.
The statement NASA Administrator Acting Robert Lightfoot said that the proposal was "in line with our funding in recent years and will allow us to effectively fulfill our basic mission for the nation, even in these times of financial constraints."
In short, it was canceled some very interesting missions, including the controversial NASA mission to redirect an asteroid - the initiative of robotic retrieval of the asteroid and its approximation to the moon. Nevertheless, Lightfoot said that most of the solar engine technology developed for the mission can still be transferred to future projects. "I was personally involved in this team and its progress during the last few years and I am extremely proud of their efforts to promote this mission," says Lightfoot. The mission of landing on Jupiter's moon Europa is also canceled. Meanwhile, all this does not require any major changes to the NASA space exploration program. 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 the commercial space industry, and mentioned that the proposal "supports and extends the partnership between the public and private sectors in the United States as a basis for future efforts in the civil space area." The paper argues that in accordance with the new NASA budget will be open for "cooperation with the industry" in the management of the Space Station, the development of deep-water habitats and the maintenance of small satellite constellations.
As for the space program manned NASA missions, everything will be the same with them. Currently, the space agency is building two vehicles - Space Launch System rocket and giant capsule for crew Orion - to send humans into deep space and someday, perhaps to Mars. These two programs will receive a total of 3, 7 billion dollars of the request, almost the same number as in 2016. No increase in cost to the SLS and The Orion, probably means that NASA will not change its current plan for implementation of these programs. A couple of weeks ago, NASA announced that it is considering new options for placement of people in the first flights of SLS and Orion. But without an increase in budget is likely the agency will adhere to the old scenario: an unmanned flight SLS in 2018, followed by followed by a manned mission a few years later.