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Commercial Spaceflight Federation Statement on House Appropriations Committee FY15 NASA Budget

By SpaceRef Editor
April 30, 2014
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Commercial Spaceflight Federation Statement on House Appropriations Committee FY15 NASA Budget

Washington D.C. – Yesterday, the House Appropriations Committee released its Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations bill, allocating Federal spending for several agencies including NASA. The bill provided a welcome increase in NASA’s funding.

“I’m encouraged to see Congress prioritizing NASA’s mission and supporting it with strong funding,” said CSF President Michael Lopez-Alegria. “Unfortunately, the increase was not evenly distributed and two key areas, the Commercial Crew Program and Space Technology, were below requested levels. We hope that as the appropriations process continues, Congress will be able to increase the funding for these key programs.”

In the bill, the Space Technology Mission Directorate is provided $620 million, which is below the requested funding of $705.5 million. Specific appropriations for the Commercial Crew Program have not yet been released, however the bill implicitly cuts a group of programs that includes the Commercial Crew Program by $80 million. Further  details on specific programs are not available until the committee report is released. Those details could affect the levels of funding and the success or failure of the programs.

“The Space Technology Mission Directorate produces the innovations that NASA needs to remain the world leader in spaceflight,” said CSF Chairman Stuart Witt. “NASA’s Commercial Crew Program offers the most cost-effective, safe source for routine flights to low-Earth orbit from American soil. Reduced funding for Commercial Crew will delay the process of returning astronauts to space on American vehicles and prolong our dependence on Russian vehicles.”

About the Commercial Spaceflight Federation

The mission of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF) is to promote the development of commercial human spaceflight, pursue ever-higher levels of safety, and share best practices and expertise throughout the industry. The Commercial Spaceflight Federation’s member companies, which include commercial spaceflight developers, operators, spaceports, suppliers, and service providers, are creating thousands of high-tech jobs nationwide, working to preserve American leadership in aerospace through technology innovation, and inspiring young people to pursue careers in science and engineering. For more information please visit or contact Sirisha Bandla at or at 202.347.1418.


SpaceRef staff editor.