In yet another “flat” budget in real (inflation-related) terms, NASA has been granted a budget of $17.65 million which the US President has now signed off. As part of the overall NASA budget, the Commercial Crew launch programme received $696 million, about $125 million less than NASA said it needs to stay on track with the programme and make its first manned flight in time for its 2017 deadline.
Meantime, while its cost/utility may have come under fire from Lori Garver, the recently departed NASA Deputy Administrator, the SLS (Space Launch System) heavy lift launch vehicle and the Orion Multi-purpose manned space exploration capsule remains favoured by the US Senate and the rest of Congress. With $1.6 billion and $1.2 billion budgeted respectively, they received about $200 million above that requested.
A fuller description of the NASA budget is available from spaceflightnow.com: http://www.spaceflightnow.com/news/n1401/17budget/#.Ut0Gt89FCM8
Comment by David Todd: Both SLS/Orion and commercial crew programmes are needed by NASA: the former to provide NASA with the means to make long range exploration of the Moon, asteroids and eventually Mars, and the latter to provide cheaper regular access to low Earth orbit.
SLS and Orion are, to the annoyance of ...