NASA to receive $19.3 billion funding Next Year for Commercial Crew Program
NASA’s dream to send astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) from the United States will be fulfilled in 2017 as a budget deal is expected to pass this week. The deal will fully fund the space agency’s Commercial Crew Program.
The mill also includes the full $1.24 billion that the Obama administration requested earlier this year. NASA’s Commercial Crew Program will replace the space shuttle. Congress, this week, may take decision to pass the massive spending bill, according to reports.
The 2,009-page bill of approximately $1.1 trillion will give NASA about $19.3 billion for the next fiscal. The bill is expected to be paired with legislation to extend a number of costly tax breaks to corporations and individuals.
If Congress agrees on full funding of Commercial Crew, the US space agency will be able to meet its target of launching its astronauts to the habitable artificial satellite in low earth orbit in 2017. SpaceX and Boeing have been chosen by NASA to develop space rockets to take humans to the ISS from US land.
Currently, NASA pays over $70 million for a single mission to Russia to take US astronauts to the space station on its Soyuz rocket. It may be the point which will push Congress to take a decision. In fiscal 2015, NASA was given a record amount of about $800 million for its Commercial Crew program, but the space agency said it needs more money to meet its goal in 2017. So now, the administration is asking for $1.24 billion.
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