The White House has posted this morning the overall FY2009 budget proposal, including an overview of the NASA budget. The administration is requesting over $17.6 billion for NASA in FY09, up from the $17.3 billion the agency got for the current fiscal year. The summary has only a few details about the budget, calling out specific spending on a few programs like Ares 1, Orion, Shuttle, and ISS. There is a reference to $105 million for “a program of small lunar robotic missions and research”, as well as $173 million for COTS and plans for $2.6 billion over five years to purchase transportation services to ISS.
Interestingly, there’s a huge increase in the “Cross Agency Support programs” line item, from under $500 million in 2008 ($556.4 million according to the final omnibus appropriations bill) to $3.3 billion in 2009: apparently some programs are being moved into that line item, but the summary isn’t specific on what. Also, the New Millennium technology demonstration program would be cut by $54 million “due to its limited results”.
More details will be released this afternoon at a NASA briefing. (I’ll be occupied with a different meeting today, so I’ll have to wait until this evening to review the budget in greater detail.)