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.”
Updated September 2018 by Rachel Werth