A day following NASA disclosed an amended budget demand to back a human landing on the moon by 2024; the agency’s leader cautioned that if Congress presented less than the demand it will increase the jeopardy of missing that deadline. The revised budget request seeks an extra $1.6 Billion for NASA in the financial year 2020. That funding will predominantly go to speed up the development of the SLS (Space Launch System) and Orion, and begin work in lunar landers, with funding for science missions and technology development to the Moon.
While addressing at the Humans to Mars Summit, Bridenstine restated remarks he made that the $1.6 Billion delineated the agency’s approximation of what is required to get moving on important programs in regard to facilitating a human landing by 2024. He said, “The significant thing is that we received what we asked for. We got what we demanded in order to accomplish the mission by 2024.” He said, “That $1.6 Billion is at the “low end” of what is required in 2020. If Congress receives a lower number, the prospect of success lowers and the risk surges.” Another complex factor is that when the 2020 financial year begins, NASA and other federal agencies would likely be working under a CR (continuing resolution), which is a stopgap funding schedule that restricts spending to 2019 levels.
Recently, NASA was in news for due to its concerns that made senators’ urge to the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) for reining in 5G expansion. Reportedly, two senators in this week have urged the FCC to rein in the development of next-generation wireless in the high-band spectrum, mentioning apprehensions from NASA and other scientific agencies. Particularly, researchers are worried that 5G operations in the 24 GHz band can obstruct with weather prediction, the senators warned.