The NASA 2010 Authorization Act (for fiscal 2011-2013) authorized expansion of human spaceflight beyond low Earth orbit (LEO) to maintain U.S. leadership in space exploration. NASA was directed to retain critical skills and capabilities and develop a Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV) based on Orion, and a heavy-lift Space Launch System (SLS) based on the space shuttle and Ares 1, both to be available by the end of 2016. The bill was approved with bipartisan congressional support and signed into law by President Barack Obama.
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