NASA would see its budget reduced from $19.6 billion this year to just below $19.1 billion. The space agency received just under $19.3 billion in fiscal year 2016.
The total budget is close to the $19.1 billion contained in a budget blueprint the Trump Administration released in March. The blue print provided guidance for the formal budget proposal to be released next week.
The Third Way policy think tank published a leaked spreadsheet dated May 8 that details the president’s proposed budget. The figures for NASA included top-level spending amounts by category without going into individual programs such as Orion and Commercial Crew.
The table below shows that reductions are spread across the agency, with three exceptions.
|CATEGORY||FY 2017 ENACTED||FY 2018 PBR||CHANGE|
|Space Operations (ISS, Commercial Crew)||$4.95 billion||$4.74 billion||-$210 million|
|Exploration (SLS, Orion, Ground Systems)||$4.324 billion||$3.934 billion||-$390 million|
|Science||$5.765 billion||$5.712 billion||-$53 million|
|Space Technology||$686.5 million||$678.6 million||-$6.9 million|
|Aeronautics||$660 million||$624 million||-$36 million|
|Education||$100 million||$37.3 million||-$62.7 million|
|Safety, Security & Mission Assurance||$2.769 billion||$2.830 billion||+61 million|
|Construction and Environmental Compliance and Restoration||$360.7 million||$496.1 million||+$136.4|
|Office of Inspector General||$37.9 million||$39.3 million||+1.6 million|
|TOTALS:||$19.653 billion||$19.092 billion||-$561 million|
Exploration, which funds Orion, Space Launch System and related ground systems — would see a reduction of $390 million, which is unlikely to please Congress. There would be a $210 million cut in Space Operations, which funds the International Space Station and Commercial Crew programs.
NASA’s Education budget would be cut by $100 million to $37.3 million, a reduction of $62.7 million. Science, Space Technology and Aeronautics would experience more modest reductions.
The space agency would received an additional $136.4 million in its construction and environmental remediation and compliance budget. NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida suffered damage from a hurricane. Its Michoud facility in New Orleans was hit by a hurricane.
The Safety, Security and Mission Assurance budget — which pays for operations — would see a $61 million increase. NASA’s Office of Inspector General would see its budget rise by $1.6 million.