Terzo passaggio burocratico per l’approvazione del budget NASA.
Dopo la proposta del Senato e quella della Camera ieri, l’ Appropriation Committee in seduta plenaria, presieduto dalla Senatrice del Maryland Barbara Mikulski, ha approvato ieri il NASA Appropriation Bill per il 2011.
Ecco in breve gli stanziamenti:
[i]The bill provides $19 billion for NASA, $278 million above the Fiscal Year 2010 level and equal to the President’s request. The total funding includes:
- $1.6 billion for Space Shuttle operations;
- $2.78 billion for Space Station operations;
- $3 billion for development of the next generation Crew Launch Vehicle and Crew Exploration Vehicle;
- $5 billion for science;
- $904 million for aeronautics and space technology research.
The bill restructures NASA’s human spaceflight programs, providing for a new heavy lift launch vehicle and crew capsule for exploring beyond low-Earth orbit, extending the life of the International Space Station through 2020, supporting the burgeoning commercial space industry, investing in new technology development, and allowing one additional Space Shuttle flight, if determined to be safe.[/i]