Details of Workforce Breakdown Under NASA FY 2011 Budget

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NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and Deputy Administrator Lori Garver presented an outline for new and extended program assignments across the agency Thursday in support of the president's fiscal year 2011 budget request.

Pending congressional approval, NASA will create new program offices that include activities in exploration technology and development, heavy lift rockets and rocket propulsion technology, exploration precursor robotic missions, human research, and commercial spaceflight opportunities.

In addition, the new budget has increases for NASA's Science and Aeronautics directorates that will improve the agency's Earth observation capabilities and help create a Next Generation air transportation system that is safe, efficient and friendlier to the environment. The work assignments expand on the strengths of NASA's 10 centers while allowing the agency to safely fly out the space shuttle manifest and establish a firm foothold in space by extending the International Space Station, likely to 2020 or beyond.

"These assignments build on the deep knowledge and expertise that NASA has developed during five decades," Bolden said. "They recognize our work force's wealth of experience and commitment, and the specialties already existing at the NASA field centers."

Bolden said the work assignments represent a bold new approach to exploring space that will enable NASA to get beyond low-Earth orbit and create robust near-Earth space flight capabilities. In addition, several of the technology development efforts will focus on innovative approaches to spaceflight and other technologies.

For details on the NASA center work assignments and more information about the agency's fiscal year 2011 budget, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/budget Details of Workforce Breakdown by Center are online here.

Highlights

KSC:

Commercial Crew Development: New Program Office at KSC, in partnership with a Deputy Program Manager at JSC, will manage $500 million in FY 2011 and $5.8 billion over five years, to foster privatesector transportation services to Earth orbit

JSC:

- Commercial Crew Development: New Deputy Program Manager to manage, with KSC's Program Office, $500 million in FY 2011 and $5.8 billion over five years to foster privatesectortransportation services to Earth orbit.

- Commercial Cargo: The FY 2011 Budget provides a onetime increase of $312 million to add new capabilities and demonstrations to this program, and to ensure commercial cargo servicing of the ISS through 2020.

MSFC:

- Heavy Lift and Propulsion Research and Development Program: New Program Office to manage $559 million in FY 2011 and $3.1 billion over five years to develop nextgeneration engines and propulsion technologies.

- Exploration Precursor Robotic Program: New Program Office to manage approximately $105 million in FY 2011 and $2.6 billion over five years allocated to scout locations for eventual human visits.

LaRC:

-Game Changing Development: New Program Office to manage $124 million in FY 2011 and $1.5 billion over five years to foster innovate research and development projects that have the potential to revolutionize spaceflight.

GRC:

- Exploration Technology Development and Demonstration Program: New Program Office to manage $223 million in FY 2011 and $1.8 billion over five years to mature key exploration technologies through laboratory, ground and flight tests.

ARC

-Exploration Scouts: New Program Office as part of Exploration's Precursor Robotic Missions effort to manage approximately $20 million in FY 2011 and $400 million over five years allocated to scout locations for eventual human visits with a focus on small, competed robotic missions.

- Small Satellite Subsystem Technology: New Program Office to manage $6 million in FY 2011 and $126 million over five years in research and development in this important technology area.

- Edison Small Satellite Demonstrations: New Program Office to manage $10 million in FY 2011 and $90 million over five years to demonstrate key small satellite capabilities.


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