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Highlights Of The NASA FY 2007 Budget Request

by Staff Writers
Washington DC (SPX) Feb 06, 2006
NASA's proposed fiscal year 2007 budget calls for a total of $16.8 billion in funding, or a 3.2 percent increase over last year's request. The overall percentage change, the agency said in its budget document, does not include a comparison with the $371.0 million in emergency appropriations provided by Congress in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Following are the major budget line items of the proposal:

SPACE SHUTTLE: The FY 2007 request is $4.057 billion, and although this figure represents a $720.8 million decrease from FY 2006, shuttle operations remain the biggest item in the agency's budget. NASA's document said this request �will enable safe return to flight (and) continued activities leading to an orderly phase-out of the space shuttle program � by 2010.�

LONG-TERM MANNED SPACEFLIGHT: NASA's request for FY 2007 is $3.058 billion, or a $1.324 billion (76 percent) increase compared with the agency's FY 2006 budget request. Major projects include:

+ Developmental activities for Crew Exploration Vehicle and Crew Launch Vehicle projects that support initial operations no later than 2014 but as close to 2010 as possible, and a lunar surface expedition as early as 2018 but no later than 2020;

+ Development of a Commercial Crew/Cargo Project capable of transporting humans and cargo to the International Space Station. The orbital cargo and human transportation demonstrations are scheduled for 2008 and 2010, respectively;

+ Launch and Mission Systems Project activities to support the CEV and CLV launch and operations;

+ The Exploration Communications and Navigation Project - also known as ECANS - for communications infrastructure supporting near-Earth and trans-lunar operations.

EARTH-SUN PROGRAMS: The request is $2.210 billion, or $47.1 million (2.2 percent) more than in FY 2006, including:

+ $166.0 million for the Solar Dynamics Observatory, to complete integration and test of the spacecraft;

+ $65.5 million for continued development through critical design and initial test of Aquarius, a satellite to measure global ocean surface salinity for the first time;

+ $52.0 million for continued development of the Glory mission, a remote-sensing Earth-orbiting observatory designed to collect data on atmospheric aerosols, and to measure solar radiation for long-term climate records;

+ $98.1 million for the Landsat Data Continuity mission;

+ $70.1 million for the NPOESS Preparatory Project, a mission to support long-term monitoring of climate trends and global biological productivity;

+ $40.9 million for the Magnetospheric Multiscale mission;

+ $68.2 million for the Orbiting Carbon Observatory mission, and

+ $189.4 million for Earth-Sun system research and analysis, to support algorithm development and improvement, and laboratory and field experiments to validate satellite-based observations.

INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION: The FY 2007 request is $1.811 billion, or a $57.9 million (3 percent) increase from the FY 2006 appropriation. Major features include:

+ Continued assembly of the ISS including the truss and power segments;

+ Using U.S. commercial cargo and crew services at the earliest availability, and

+ Work with the international partners to develop sustainable cargo supply transportation architecture for the post-shuttle era.

ROBOTIC MISSIONS: For FY 2007, the request is $1.610 billion, a $27.9 million or 1.8 percent increase from FY 2006. The total includes:

+ $90.5 million for the Phoenix Mars lander, scheduled for launch in August 2007;

+ $347.9 million for the Mars Science Laboratory, scheduled for launch in 2009;

+ $85.4 million for operations of the Mars rovers and the Mars Express orbiter;

+ $119.5 million for the Cassini spacecraft at Saturn, the MESSENGER mission to Mercury, and the New Horizons mission to Pluto and the Kuiper belt;

+ $72.6 million for development of in-space propulsion and radioisotope power system technologies, and

+ $202.1 million operation of the Deep Space Network communication systems.

SPACE TELESCOPES: The FY 2007 request is $1.509 billion, or $1.3 million (0.1 percent) more than the FY 2006 budget request, including:

+ $85.4 million for further development of the Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope;

+ $443.1 million to begin development of the James Webb Space Telescope;

+ $336.7 million for Hubble operations and data analysis, and preparations for a shuttle servicing mission sometime in FY 2008, and

+ $98.5 million for continued formulation of the Space Interferometer Mission.

NASA CENTERS: The overall FY 2007 request is $1.155 billion, including:

+ $103 million for Ames Research Center in California;

+ $37 million for Dryden Flight Research Center, also in California;

+ $95 million for Glenn Research Center in Ohio;

+ $188 million for Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland;

+ $189 million for Johnson Space Center in Texas;

+ $217 million for Kennedy Space Center in Florida;

+ $119 million for Langley Research Center in Virginia;

+ $171 million for Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama, and

+ $36 million for Stennis Space Center in Mississippi.

AERONAUTICS: The FY 2007 request is $724.4 million, an 18 percent decrease from FY 2006, covering:

+ $447.2 million is for fundamental aeronautics projects, including subsonics (rotary and fixed wing), supersonics and hypersonics;

+ $102.2 million for aviation safety, to increase aircraft safety technologies;

+ $120.0 million for airspace systems research and development for safe, efficient, high-capacity systems in the air and on the ground, and

+ $55.0 million for the Aeronautics Test Program to preserve critical research wind tunnels.

EXPLORATION RESEARCH & TECHNOLOGY: The FY 2007 request is $646.1 million, or a $46.4 million (7 percent) decrease from FY 2006, covering:

+ Technology projects in twelve focus areas to be managed and directed at the NASA centers, with partnerships in industry and academia, and

+ Completing the Critical Design Review for the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission.

CROSS-AGENCY SUPPORT PROGRAMS: In this new budget category, the FY 2007 request is $491.7 million, including:

+ $153.3 million for education;

+ $108.2 million for the Advanced Business Systems program;

+ $197.9 million for the Innovative Partnerships program, and

+ $32.2 million for shared capabilities.

SPACE AND FLIGHT SUPPORT: The FY 2007 request is $366.5 million, or $27.6 million (8 percent) less than in FY 2006, covering:

+ Communications support of human and science missions;

+ Launch services and support;

+ Rocket propulsion testing, and

+ Crew health & safety.

HUMAN SYSTEMS RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY: The FY 2007 request is $274.6 million, or a $349.3 million (56 percent) decrease from FY 2006. NASA's budget document said this drop was predicated on the results of the agency's Exploration Systems Architecture Studay, which prioritized technology programs by requirements and schedules. �This led to a realistic set of requirements instead of the capability-based programs of the past,� the agency said.

INNOVATIVE PARTNERSHIPS PROGRAM: The FY 2007 request is $197.9 million, or $16.9 million (8 percent) less than in FY 2006, including:

+ $102.6 million for SBIR;

+ $12.3 million for STTR;

+ $35.9 million for technology transfers;

+ $14.5 million for space product development, and

+ $12.3 million for the Enterprise Engine program.

EDUCATION: The FY 2007 request is $153.3 million, or a $9.1 million (5.6 percent) less than in FY 2006, including:

+ $47.2 million for elementary and secondary education;

+ $54.0 million for higher education;

+ $9.0 million for e-education;

+ $2.5 million for informal education, and

+ $40.6 million for minority university research & education.

ADVANCED BUSINESS SYSTEMS: The FY 2007 request is $108.2 million; or $48.1 million (31 percent) lower than for FY 2006, covering:

+ $16.1 million to complete the core financial upgrade to a new version of My SAP software;

+ $17.2 million to continue implementation of asset-management solutions;

+ $10.3 million to finish implementation of the contract-management module;

+ $48.8 million to support operating and sustaining of the current integrated enterprise management program, and

+ $15.8 for indirect infrastructure support.

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