May 8, 2009
NASA FY10 Budget Request Briefing Materials
Statement from Acting Administrator
Today, I am pleased to release NASA’s FY2010 budget request in the amount of $18.686 billion to advance Earth science, complete the International Space Station, explore the solar system and conduct aeronautics research. The budget request represents an increase of $903.6 million, about 5 percent, above the amount provided NASA in the FY 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act.
The FY 2010 budget does a number of things: it supports the Administration’s commitment to deploy a global climate change research and monitoring system; it funds a strong program of space exploration involving humans and robots with the goal of returning Americans to the moon and exploring other destinations; and it supports the safe flight of the Space Shuttle to complete assembly of the International Space Station by the Space Shuttle’s planned
With the FY 2010 budget request, we will advance our global climate change research. NASA’s investment in Earth science research satellites, airborne sensors, computer models and analysis already has revolutionized scientific knowledge and predictions of climate change and its effects. Using the National Research Council’s recommended priorities for space-based Earth science research, we will develop new sensors to support the Administration’s goal of
deploying a global climate research and monitoring system.
The budget request also renews NASA’s commitment to aeronautics research to address aviation safety, air traffic control, noise and emissions reduction, and fuel efficiency. And NASA’s diverse portfolio of science, technology, engineering and mathematics educational activities is aligned with the administration’s goal of improving American innovation and global competitiveness.
Along with the budget release, the White House also announced the launch of an independent review of NASA’s human space flight activities. The Review of United States Human Space Flight Plans will examine our development programs and suggest possible alternatives. The goal is to provide options that will ensure the nation’s human space flight program remains safe, innovative and affordable in the years following the space shuttle’s retirement. During the review, work on the Constellation Program will continue.
The review team will work closely with NASA and seek input from the Congress, the White House, the public, industry and international partners as it develops these options. The review will be done by a blue-ribbon panel of experts. The panel’s results will support an administration decision by August 2009 on how to proceed.
As we move forward into the future, I’m confident that with your expertise and hard work, NASA will continue its record of amazing accomplishments in exploration and research. The President’s FY 2010 request represents a major investment in this future.