Deep Space Exploration Systems

Approximately $4,558.8 million has been requested for Deep Space Exploration Systems within the FY2019 budget request and includes such programs as Exploration Systems Development ($3669.8M) and Advanced Exploration Systems ($889.0M). Highlights include the following:

  • “Develops infrastructure to explore and utilize the Moon and its surface.
  • Establishes a Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway in cislunar space, to include a power and propulsion element by 2022, and habitation, airlock, and the required logistics capabilities soon after.
  • Continues development of the Space Launch System rocket and Orion crew vehicle to send astronauts on deep space missions.
  • Initiates robotic lunar technology investments for future large-scale missions to the Moon’s surface, using innovative acquisition approaches to partner with U.S. industry and other nations.”[1]

Updated September 2018 by Rachel Werth

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