Florida Today published today its interpretation of the new space stategy that the White House will unveil in the coming weeks. Here’s what the newspaper thinks the new strategy will contain:
- An increase in NASA’s budget of at least $1 billion;
- Extending the ISS through 2020;
- No extension of the shuttle program (sorry, Congressman Posey)
- Accelerated development of a “Saturn V-class rocket”
- NASA-led “international expeditions into interplanetary space”
None of these are terribly surprising, but even if these are all correct there are many details left unanswered. How big of a budget increase will NASA get in 2011 and will is be sustained or grown, as the Augustine committee report suggested? What heavy-lift rocket will be developed? What’s the future of Ares 1? What support will there be for commercial options for crew transportation to low Earth orbit? What missions “beyond Earth orbit” are contemplated, and on what schedule?