Rep. Bart Gordon has released a compromise NASA funding bill that provides $1.2 billion for commercial crew efforts, an increase from the $464 million in the original House bill. This is short of the $1.6 billion in the Senate version.
Details of the bill after the break.
SUMMARY OF COMPROMISE NASA BILL
- Authorizes appropriations consistent with the Presidentâ€™s top line requests for Fiscal Years 2011 â€“ 2013 ($19 billion in FY 2011, $19.45 billion in FY 2012, and $19.96 billion in FY 2013)
- Funding authorized for NASA in each of FYs 11-13 is lower than that authorized for NASA in FY 2009.
- Pay-as-you-go approach to human exploration to ensure progress even in the face of future budgetary constraints.
Human Spaceflight and Exploration
- Provides for assured government backup access to the Intâ€™l Space Station to ensure its continued operations and utilization should commercial cargo and/or crew services be delayed or unavailable, but prohibits the government capability from competing with the commercial providers for routine ISS cargo and crew delivery services
- Provides for the development of a follow-on human space flight and exploration system capable of exploration beyond low-Earth orbit and that leverages previous investments in the Orion, Ares, and Shuttle programs
- Authorizes the additional launch-on-need (STS-135) Shuttle flight
- Invests $150 million over three years in the Robotic Precursor program
Commercial Crew and Cargo
- Provides $1.2 billion over 3 years for commercial cargo and crew capability development activities
- In addition, provides $2.1 billion for follow-on commercial resupply services (CRS) cargo delivery contract
- Provides the Administrator with the flexibility to fully fund the proposed Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program augmentation if needed
International Space Station (ISS)
- Authorizes the operation and utilization of the International Space Station through at least 2020
- Establishes, through competitive selection, an entity to manage ISS National Laboratory research
- Provides increased funding to help reinvigorate space life and physical sciences research and technology that will both address key challenges in human exploration of outer space and provide societal benefits
- Invests $2.67 billion to revitalize NASAâ€™s Space Technology program, including $1.19 billion over three years for Exploration Technology Development.
- Authorizes $15 million in each of Fiscal Years 2011- 2013 in a commercial reusable suborbital research (CRuSR) program to support scientific, technology development, and educational activities.
Science and Aeronautics
- Fully authorizes the Presidentâ€™s request for Earth sciences
- Authorizes an increase over the Presidentâ€™s request for space science to augment the Explorer and Suborbital programs, which provide important student educational and training opportunities.
- Increases funding for Aeronautics to support R&D on safety, NextGen, â€œgreenâ€ aviation technologies, etc.
- Authorizes increases of $34.2 million over the Presidentâ€™s request for each of fiscal years 2011, 2012, and 2013 to restore funding to the Space Grant, EPSCoR, and Minority University Research & Education (MUREP) programs
- Provides an 18-month RIF moratorium
- Includes â€œgood governmentâ€ provisions on information security, cost management, counterfeit parts, near-Earth object surveys, space weather monitoring, and revitalization and realignment of NASAâ€™s institutional capabilities.
SIDE BY SIDE COMPARISON OF THE COMPROMISE TEXT AND THE BILL AS REPORTED BY COMMITTEE
- Both bills provide a total of $58.4 billion in funding for NASA.
- Both bills provide a total of $15.86 billion for Space and Earth Science
- Both bills provide a total of $1.79 billion for Aeronautics
- H.R. 5781 provided a total of $2.64 billion for Space Technology, and was silent on the amounts being provided for Exploration Technology Development in that account; $5 million was included for Exploration Technology Development in the Exploration account.
- The Compromise Bill provides a total of $2.67 billion for Space Technology, of which a total of $1.19 billion will be for Exploration Technology Development.
- Both bills provide $15 million per year for the Commercial Reusable Suborbital Research (CRuSR) program.
- H.R. 5781 provided a total of $5 million for Robotic Precursors.
- The Compromise Bill provides a total of $150 million for Robotic Precursors.
- â€¢ H.R. 5781 provided a total of $13.18 billion for the Restructured Exploration program, including ground operations and launch infrastructure investments. It also separately included a total of $150 million for the 21st Century Launch Complex initiative.
- The Compromise Bill provides a total of $12.21 billion for the Space Launch System, Crew Vehicle, and associated activities, of which a total of $1.33 billion is provided for a NASA Launch Support and Infrastructure Modernization program.
COMMERCIAL CARGO AND CREW DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES
- H.R. 5781 provided a total of $464 million for commercial cargo and crew development activities.
- The Compromise Bill provides a total of $1.212 billion for commercial cargo and crew development activities.
INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION
- H.R. 5781 provided a total of $9 billion for the ISS.
- The Compromise bill provides a total of $8.9 billion for the ISS.
- Both bills provide a total of $275 million for ISS research.
ADDITIONAL SHUTTLE FLIGHT
- The Compromise bill provides $600 million in FY 2011 for an additional â€œLaunch on Needâ€ (STS-135) Shuttle flight.
- H.R. 5781 provided a total of $437.4 million for Education.
- The Compromise Bill provides a total of $540 million for Education.