The Obama Administration released this morning its FY10 budget outline, including a two-page section on NASA’s budget request. The document contains little additional information than what Aviationweek.com reported last night: only a topline figure of $18.7 billion is included in the document. The document emphasizes support for Earth sciences, aeronautics, ISS, and human and robotic exploration, without getting too deep into specifics.
The budget document does stick to the plan to retire the shuttle by the end of 2010, noting that “an additional flight may be conducted if it can safely and affordably be flown by the end of 2010″ as Congress requested in the 2008 NASA authorization bill. Also, the document does not mention Ares or Orion by name, instead stating that by retiring the shuttle, funding will be freed up “to support development of systems to deliver people and cargo to the International Space Station and the Moon”, including “private-sector development and demonstration of vehicles that may support the Agency’s human crew and cargo space flight requirements,” a reference to COTS and ISS commercial resupply.