- NASA Watch
- June 28, 2022
Obama's Plan For NASA Revealed
The Obama Space Vision for NASA: Massive Paradigm Shifts Ahead
“In announcing its $19.0 billion FY 2011 NASA budget today, the Obama Administration has made it very clear that it intends to attempt a paradigm shift in the way that America explores and utilizes space. The current plan NASA is following will be cancelled. But the intent to explore will remain and will be reconfigured into a new plan that openly taps private sector creativity while making certain that the taxpaying public is involved in an unprecedented fashion.
This plan for change comes with additional funds – to the tune of an additional $6 billion over FY 2011 to FY 2015 when compared to what the FY 2010 budget anticipated – approximately $700 million of which will appear in FY 2011. That means that NASA will get $100 billion over the next 5 years according to the White House’s plans.
In so doing, the White House is hoping to make a clean break with much of the old way of doing things at NASA. As they do, NASA will be pushed to broaden its vision, seek new partnerships, and transform its way of doing things. This will be unsettling to many people.
However, that break begins with some hard choices – most notably, the outright cancellation of The Constellation Program. Started shortly after President Bush announced his “Vision for Space Exploration” in 2004, Constellation was the umbrella activity for what eventually became development activities for the Ares launch vehicle family, the Orion crew module, and the Altair lunar lander. All of this now comes to a halt.”