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Congress Girds For Future NASA Budget Battles

By Frank Morring, Jr.
Source: Aerospace Daily & Defense Report

January 04, 2013

A housekeeping measure for the U.S. civil space program adopted in the final hours of the expiring Congress includes language reaffirming congressional support for NASA’s current spending priorities in the budget battles ahead.

The legislation, needed to extend government indemnification of third-party damages from commercial space launches and to allow NASA to continue buying human-spaceflight services from Russia, also included “sense of Congress” language reaffirming support for a mix of government and commercial human spaceflight vehicles.

The “Space Exploration Sustainability Act” adopted Jan. 2 specifically lists the heavy-lift Space Launch System (SLS), the Orion multi-purpose crew vehicle and commercial crew and cargo space vehicles under development with NASA backing as “inherently complementary and interrelated,” and forbids the use of SLS or Orion funding to pay for commercial-vehicle development.

Read more: Congress Girds For Future NASA Budget Battles — Aviation Week.

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