NASA’s proposed investments receive praise from Deep Space Coalition
The Coalition for Deep Space Exploration thanks the House Science, Space, and Technology (SS&T) Committee for proposing the inclusion of $ 4.4 billion in funding for NASA.
“NASA is a national treasure – an agency that mobilized our country’s vast resources and brainpower to send a man to the moon less than a decade after its founding. But many of its installations date back to the 1960s or even before, “said the Coalition for Deep Space Exploration CEO and Chairman Frank Slazer in the Coalition statement.
“We encourage the entire House to support this funding and urge the Senate to follow suit in its budget reconciliation bill,” Slazer added. He also explains that the proposed funding is important to ensure that NASA can continue to lead the country in space exploration as well as technological advancements and learn from them.
“While the overall size of the reconciliation package is still evolving, these investments are particularly important at this time,” Slazer concluded.
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A long-awaited investment in NASA
The proposed funding was spelled out in the committee’s printout adopted in early September in support of the House infrastructure budget reconciliation package. According to the Coalition, the $ 4.4 billion submitted SS&T project is a long overdue investment for the space agency.
In addition, the majority of the proposed fund – $ 4 billion – is for repairs and upgrades to aging NASA facilities. About $ 388 million would go to climate change research and development and $ 12 million would support related efforts in cybersecurity, information technology and surveillance.
There have been a wide variety of government funded NASA projects over the past few years. However, investments in its basic infrastructure, which the Coalition says is in areas susceptible to earthquakes and hurricanes, remain neglected. Additionally, NASA facilities in places like Space Coast in Florida, Wallops Island in Virginia, as well as those in New Orleans, Mississippi, and Houston are all threatened by climate change.
“As the Artemis program prepares to bring the first woman and the first person of color to the moon, we must ensure that the infrastructure necessary to support this effort – and many other vital NASA missions, including the science and research on climate change – is able to support these investments in our future, ”adds Slazer.
About the Deep Space Exploration Coalition
The Deep Space Exploration Coalition is an alliance of more than 60 companies, universities and space industry advocacy groups to ensure the United States remains a leader in space, science and technology. These groups work together to reinforce the benefits and value of deep space exploration, raising awareness and educating the public and government – creating enduring support for a sustainable, long-term and strategic direction for the program. American space.
Some of the companies included in the Coalition are Aerojet Rocketdyne, Boeing, Jacobs and Lockheed Martin.
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