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NSS Hails NASA Budget Increases for Fiscal Year 2001

For Immediate Release For Additional Information

Friday February 11, 2000 Contact:

Pat Dasch 202-543-1900

WASHINGTON - The National Space Society congratulates its members and all those who worked to add funding for the nation's civil space agency in the new budget which takes effect on October 1st. "We are certainly gratified and can take some satisfaction in the role our members played in bringing the need for added NASA funding before the White House as well as Congress," said Pat Dasch, NSS Executive Director.

"This increase in funding, the second generation RLV program, and increased emphasis on space science are certainly steps in the right direction," Dasch added.

The Clinton administration is asking Congress for $14.0353 billion to fund the civil space agency in the fiscal year starting October 1, 2000. Last year the administration requested $13.6008 billion, which ultimately won approval of a joint House-Senate conference committee after House authorizers attempted to strip the agency of more than $1.4 billion.

The fiscal year 2001 funding request is a three- percent increase for NASA, its first under the seven-year Clinton government.

NASA is requesting $5.499 billion for human spaceflight, $5.929 billion for science, aeronautics and technology, and $2.584 billion for mission support.

This budget includes funding to begin a second generation Reusable Launch Vehicle initative that will spend $4.4 billion over 5 years. Some $235 million initial funding is sought in the budget submitted to Congress February 7th. This program would fund technology development in the early phase, a competition for an RLV in 2005, and development of more than one RLV between 2005 and 2010.

The National Space Society is a pro-space advocacy organization whose 20,000 members worldwide are working to create a spacefaring civilization. To learn more about NSS and its programs, call 202-543-1900 or go to http://www.nss.org


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