NASA Administrator Jim Bridentina testifies to lawmakers on Wednesday on the Capitol. NASA Administrator Jim Bridgestin told the Senate panel on Wednesday that the budget deadlock and the subsequent freeze of costs later this year would be "devastating" for the agency's purpose to send the first woman and the next man of the moon by the end of 2024.
Speaking to the Senate Committee on Trade, Science and Transport, Bridentina said that if Congress did not reach a budget consensus for the fiscal year 2020, it would instead continue to implement a resolution, freezing funding for 2019, The new moon will be stopped in his tracks.
Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Said that Bridgetin earlier indicated that Artemis's program "may cost $ 20 billion to $ 30 billion over the next five years. Mathematics, which calls on Congress to attract an extra $ 4 billion for an extra $ 6 billion each year. "
" There is talk of not getting a Defense and Defense Budget (Cost) to get to October 1 and move to the CR, maybe a short-term two-week CR, a month long or even a year long – Wicker. "This would be the opposite for you when you have to go where you have to go, right?"
"Yes, sir," said Bridental, "it will be devastating, what we lack at the moment is a plane, the United States has not had a moon landing since 1972, the last time we landed on the Moon "If we eventually come to the CoR, this collector does not continue to develop, and we do not have the money in the budget to develop land now … If we are done, sir, in the Czech Republic for a period of one year or even more, it would be devastating to try to achieve the goal of landing the two-man man and the first woman on the south pole
Earlier this year, Trump's administration ordered NASA to speed up its plans to return astronauts to the moon by moving from 2028 to 2024. The administration has asked $ 1.6 billion of additional funding for NASA's fiscal 2020 budget to help develop the new launch system for space launch systems and other necessary systems.
Bridenstine said NASA is working to improve program spending and plans to include Artemis budget estimates for 2021, 2022, 2023, and 2024 in the budget request of the Agency for 2021, which will be
Illustration of the artist the main stage of the Space Launch System and two solid rocket boosters. Credit: NASA
Last week, Brixton removed Bill Gerstenmeyer from his role as head of space operations at NASA's headquarters, along with another key manager who watched the development of the SLS rocket and the Orion capsule under heavy management. In NASA, safety is our highest priority, "wrote in a letter to agency staff. – Costs and timing are also important. It is important that we all remain focused on working forward to land on the Moon successfully in 2024.
In order to get here, NASA plans to release the first SLS missile and an unrigged Orion capsule on a moon flight in 2021. The mission is known as Artemis 1.
"When we travel the moon, we can move around the moon, to be able to change orbits, to test all the systems we need to test with Orion's crew cabin and the European service module, "said Brixtristina on Wednesday.
In the period 2022-23, NASA plans to launch Artemis 2, the first flight of the spacecraft SLS and Orion with crew on board. Astronauts will initially test Orion's systems in Earth's orbit before heading for a trajectory that will take them along a "free-lane" around the moon and back to the ocean's trigger.
On the way, NASA plans to build a remotely small space station – a Portal – in orbit around the moon, along with a commercially available but still designed landing ship.
With built-in lunar infrastructure, Artemida 3's mission will be clear for take-off in 2024. Upon arrival at the station, crew members will board the landing ship and descend to the surface. The ascent of the earth will bring them back to the Portal and Orion to return to Earth.
Planners currently provide a flight to the Moon per year with a weekly stay on the surface, Brientinna said in prepared remarks. "Extensive portal and surface possibilities later in the decade could help surface studies that last for weeks or months and test the technologies and systems needed for missions further into the solar system, including Mars," he said . to support the agency's plans for sustainable moon exploration. "