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Crew Exploration Vehicle Orion Threatened To Be Delayed

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Thu Mar 1, 2007 12:49 am
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Today, February 28, NASA Administrator Michael D. Griffin had a hearing before the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation concerning the President’s FY 2008 budget request for NASA. While reviewing the whole NASA budget and NASA’s recent achievements, he focused on the shortfall of funding for the Constellation systems.

NASA’s budget is planned to increase by 3.1 per cent to $17.3 billion from FY2007 to FY2008. Griffin stated that the President is still committed to the Space Exploration Initiative SEI but also sees problems due to the stipulating of the FY2007 budget to previous year’s level.

An additional problem is the redirecting of funds away from the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate. Griffin sees a shortfall of about $677 million for NASA’s human spaceflight, mainly concerning the new exploration systems like the Orion Crew Vehicle and the Ares I launcher.

He stated that NASA will have to adjust its time tables following the reduced funding but will still try to operate the Orion and Ares I by 2014. A detailed analysis of the impacts of the reduced funding will be presented at a later date but it is unlikely that the new transportation systems will be available in 2014.

For more information on Michael D. Griffin’s statement visit the United States’ Senate page.

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