A Senate appropriations bill approved last week provides a modest increase in funding for the federal office that licenses commercial launches, but industry officials argue that the office requires more funding, particularly after the recent SpaceX launch failure.
The Senate Appropriations Committee approved a spending bill June 11 that would leave NASA with some $239 million less than the agency says it needs for 2016, a cut that drew criticism from NASA and others in the Senate particularly for its reduction to NASA’s commercial crew program.
The U.S. House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence increased funding for the country’s spy satellites as part of its annual intelligence authorization bill, which passed June 4.
A spending bill the House passed June 3 would give NOAA about $5 billion for 2016, but not a cent of the $380 million the agency sought to begin work on final three Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) spacecraft.
As the House of Representatives approved a spending bill June 3 that provides $18.5 billion for NASA, members promised to revisit funding for at least two of the agency’s major programs later in the budget process.
The House Appropriations Committee voted June 2 to strip about $191 million from an Air Force initiative to foster next-generation satellite technologies and blaze a trail for smaller, less complicated satellites.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. House of Representatives on June 3 approved a spending bill that would boost NASA’s astrophysics budget, but strings attached to the measure could actually force the division to make $21.3 million in unplanned cuts, a senior NASA official said.
The House Appropriations Committee approved a spending bill May 20 that provides $18.5 billion for NASA in fiscal year 2016, despite criticism from some members about reductions in the agency’s science and commercial crew programs.
A NASA spending bill that the House Appropriations Committee will consider May 20 cuts the agency’s Earth science program by more than $250 million and provides no funding for a gapfiller satellite included in the administration’s request.
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said May 18 that while he was happy with the overall funding the House is offering the agency in a draft appropriations bill, some elements of it are giving him a case of heartburn.
A House appropriations subcommittee approved a spending bill May 14 that fully funds the Obama administration’s overall request for NASA, but cuts funding from commercial crew and space technology and adds it to the Space Launch System and planetary science.
The misguided NASA authorization bill recently approved by the House Science, Space and Technology Committee is a good illustration of why the space agency will miss Sen. Barbara Mikulski.