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March 26, 2018
Coalition for Deep Space Exploration Applauds FY 2018 Omnibus Appropriations Act
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Coalition for Deep Space Exploration (Coalition) applauds the enactment of the FY 2018 Omnibus Appropriations Act, which includes a record $21.7 billion funding level for NASA, including strong funding levels for the agency’s exploration and space science programs. The bill increased funding for NASA by more than $1 billion above the FY 2017 levels, with a nearly $500 million increase to space science missions, nearly $500 million increase for human exploration systems and nearly $100 million increase for space technology programs.
Within these appropriations, NASA’s flagship human exploration systems, the Space Launch System (SLS), Orion and Exploration Ground Systems, received full funding to maintain schedule for Exploration Mission-1 and to fly crew to lunar orbit as early as possible on Exploration Mission-2. The funding provides for continued development of the Exploration Upper Stage, the construction of a second Mobile Launcher to accelerate mission cadence for upcoming deep space missions and other associated mission components. The bill provides incremental funding authority for these programs, which allows NASA to better plan and procure systems for future missions.
The Omnibus ...