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February 19-25, 2018 / Vol 37, No 8 / Hawai`i Island, USA

16 Feb 2018, 20:15 UTC
February 19-25, 2018 / Vol 37, No 8 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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USA Prioritizing Human Return to Moon ~2023, Cislunar Gateway, Private-Public Partnerships

The 2017 U.S. Administration is further clarifying its vision for Space with the proposed NASA FY19 budget and goals: Return to Moon, Deep Space Exploration and R&D, Commercial and Industrial Partnerships, SLS and Orion. A long-awaited, national shift toward and support of the Moon includes a potential US$200 million for commercial robotic landings 2020, leading to human-rated lander developments 2023. Astrobotic, Moon Express, Blue Origin, Bigelow Aerospace, Masten and others may have more opportunities to help establish a permanent and sustainable Moon presence. The Lunar Orbital Platform / Gateway has garnered support from international agencies and private enterprises alike. The Lunar Exploration Campaign and Space Policy Directive-1 are topics of next National Space Council meeting headed by V.P. Mike Pence on February 21 at Cape Canaveral. To show support for an ambitious national space program, the Space Exploration Alliance ‘Legislative Blitz 2018’ is planned for Feb 25-27, followed by the Alliance for Space Development, NSS, SFF ‘March Storm 2018’ on March 11-15, and American Astronautical Society ‘Congressional Visits Day 2018’ March 12-14. While final allocations need to go through Senate approval process, the overall NASA FY19 budget proposal ...

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