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2018 NASA Budget, Forecast to 2022

2018 NASA Budget, Forecast to 2022

Key Study Takeaways
• The Science budget funds: Planetary Science, Astrophysics of Earth-like planets, James Webb Space Telescope for launch in 2018, and Heliophysics to study the Sun, Earth Science to improve modeling of Earth as a system. The budget terminates 5 Earth Science missions: Pre-aerosol, Clouds, and Ocean Ecosystem (PACE), Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO-3), Radiation Budget Instrument (RBI), Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) Earth-viewing Instruments, and CLARREO Pathfinder.

• The budget for the aeronautics segment continues support for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)’s NextGen concept, awards a design-and-build contract for a Low Boom Flight Demonstrator X-Plane, and advances electric propulsion systems by flight testing an all-electric aircraft, the X-57.

• Space technology funding includes spending to complete hardware for the Laser Communications Relay Demonstration project, MOXIE, and Terrain Relative Navigation projects, and will begin integration and testing to support the Mars 2020 schedule.

• The budget for the exploration segment funds Space Launch System (SLS), Orion, and Exploration Ground System (EGS) to prepare for Exploration Mission (EM)-1, the first pairing of Orion and SLS, and EM-2, the first crewed mission, including habitation systems, crew mobility systems, vehicle systems, autonomous systems, and robotic precursors for missions beyond the Earth’s orbit. The Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) will not be pursued.

• The budget for the space operations segment provides launch services for NASA payloads and space communications and navigation.

• The budget proposes to eliminate the Office of Education.

Key Questions this Study will Answer:
How has the NASA budget changed from 2016 to 2018?
In relation to the 2018 funding request, which are the NASA segments that offer the most appealing opportunities for growth?
What are some of the programs for which NASA has requested funding?
Which are the companies that are capturing new portions of the NASA budget?
Will NASA spending rise or fall within the next 5 years?
What are the types of programs that are offering the most lucrative contracts awarded by NASA?

Study Scope:
• This research is a budget request review restricted to the United States.
• The market has been segmented according to NASA's budget categories. Some segments do not have discussion slides, as the numbers speak for themselves.
• Segment spending is divided by individual projects or programs as appropriate.
• This study bases 2017 as the year in progress and an approved budget has not been enacted. The budget request is subject to changes until the Congress passes the bill to enact the budget.
• All prices are identified in US dollars. Negative values are denoted in parentheses.
• Competitive market information is not included. Companies providing services and products have been included in the individual projects or programs.
• Several NASA segments are not reviewed in detail because most of their spending is non-discretionary and is dedicated to salaries and operating expenses.


  • Executive Summary
    • Key Findings
    • Market Engineering Measurements
    • CEO's Perspective
  • Budget Request Overview
    • Research Scope and Definitions
    • Budget Overview
      • Table Total NASA Market: Segment Spending, US, 2018
    • Key Questions This Study Will Answer
    • Market Segmentation
  • Forecasts and Trends-Total NASA Market
    • Market Engineering Measurements
      • Table Total NASA Market: Market Engineering Measurements, US, 2016
    • Forecast Assumptions
    • Total NASA Budget-Spending Forecast
      • Table Total NASA Market: Spending Forecast, US, 2016-2022
    • Total NASA Budget-Spending Forecast Discussion
  • Science Segment Breakdown
    • Science Segment-Funding Request Breakdown
      • Table Science Segment: Funding by Appropriation, US, 2016-2022
    • Science Budget-Discussion
    • Earth Science Sub-segment-Spending Areas
      • Table Earth Science Sub-segment: Funding Request by Spending Areas, US, 2018
    • Earth Science Sub-segment-Top Programs/Projects
      • Table Earth Science Sub-segment: Funding Request by Top Programs/Projects, US, 2018
    • Earth Science Sub-segment-Top Missions
    • Earth Science Sub-segment Budget-Discussion
    • Planetary Science Sub-segment-Spending Areas
      • Table Planetary Science Sub-segment: Funding Request by Spending Areas, US, 2018
    • Planetary Science Sub-segment-Top Programs/Projects
    • Planetary Science Sub-segment-Top Missions
    • Planetary Science Sub-segment Budget-Discussion
    • Astrophysics Sub-segment-Spending Areas
      • Table Astrophysics Sub-segment: Funding Request by Spending Areas, US, 2018
    • Astrophysics Sub-segment-Top Programs/Projects
    • Astrophysics Sub-segment-Top Missions
    • Astrophysics Science Sub-segment Budget-Discussion
    • James Webb Space Telescope Sub-segment-Spending Areas
      • Table James Webb Space Telescope Sub-segment: Funding Request by Spending Areas, US, 2018
    • James Webb Space Telescope Sub-segment-Top Programs/Projects
      • Table James Webb Space Telescope Sub-segment: Funding Request by Top Programs/Projects, US, 2018
    • James Webb Space Telescope Sub-segment-Top Mission
    • James Webb Space Telescope Budget-Discussion
    • Heliophysics Sub-segment-Spending Areas
      • Table Heliophysics Sub-segment: Funding Request by Spending Areas, US, 2018
    • Heliophysics Sub-segment-Top Programs/Projects
      • Table Heliophysics Sub-segment: Funding Request by Top Programs/Projects, US, 2018
    • Heliophysics Sub-segment-Top Missions
    • Heliophysics Sub-segment Budget-Discussion
  • Aeronautics Segment Breakdown
    • Aeronautics Segment-Funding Request Breakdown
      • Table Aeronautics Segment: Funding by Appropriation, US, 2016-2022
    • Airspace Operations and Safety Sub-segment-Top Programs/Projects
    • Advanced Air Vehicles Sub-segment-Top Programs
    • Integrated Aviation Systems Sub-segment-Top Programs
    • Transformative Aero Concepts Sub-segment-Top Programs
    • Aeronautics Segment Budget-Discussion
  • Space Technology Segment Breakdown
    • Space Technology Segment-Funding Request Breakdown
      • Table Space Technology Segment: Funding by Appropriation, US, 2016-2022
    • SBIR/STTR Sub-segment-Top Programs
    • Space Technology Research and Development Sub-segment-Funding Request Breakdown
      • Table Space Technology R&D Sub-segment: Funding by Appropriation, US, 2016-2022
    • Space Technology Research and Development Sub-segment-Top Programs
    • Space Technology Segment Budget-Discussion
  • Exploration Segment Breakdown
    • Exploration Segment-Funding Request Breakdown
      • Table Exploration Segment: Funding by Appropriation, US, 2016-2022
    • Exploration Systems Development Sub-segment- Spending Areas
      • Table Exploration Systems Development Sub-segment: Funding Request by Spending Areas, US, 2018
    • Exploration Systems Development Sub-segment-Top Programs/Projects
      • Table Exploration Systems Development Sub-segment: Funding Request by Top Programs/Projects, US, 2018
      • Table Exploration Ground Systems Development: Major Contract Awards, US, 2017-2020
      • Table Exploration Ground Systems Development: Major Spending per Base Year, US, 2015
    • Exploration Systems R&D Sub-segment-Spending Areas
      • Table Exploration Research and Development Sub-segment: Funding Request by Spending Areas, US, 2018
    • Exploration Systems R&D Sub-segment-Top Programs/Projects
    • Exploration Segment Budget-Discussion
  • Space Operations Segment Breakdown
    • Space Operations Segment-Funding Request Breakdown
      • Table Space Operations Segment: Funding by Appropriation, US, 2016-2022
    • Space Operations Segment Budget-Discussion
    • ISS Sub-segment-Spending Areas
      • Table ISS Sub-segment: Funding Request by Spending Areas, US, 2018
    • ISS Sub-segment-Top Programs/Projects
    • ISS Sub-segment Budget-Discussion
    • Space Transportation Sub-segment-Spending Areas
      • Table Space Transport Sub-segment: Funding Request by Spending Areas, US, 2018
    • Space Transportation Sub-segment-Top Programs/Projects
    • Space Transportation Sub-segment-Discussion
    • SFS Sub-segment-Spending Areas
      • Table SFS Sub-segment: Funding Request by Spending Areas, US, 2018
    • SFS Sub-segment: Space Communications and Navigation-Spending Areas
      • Table Space Communications and Navigation: Funding Request by Spending Areas, US, 2018
    • SFS Sub-segment: Space Communications and Navigation-Top Programs/Projects
    • Human Space Flight Operations Sub-segment-Top Programs/Projects
    • Launch Services-Top Programs/Projects
    • SFS Sub-segment Budget-Discussion
  • Education Segment Breakdown
    • Education Segment-Funding Request Breakdown
      • Table Education Segment: Funding by Appropriation, US, 2016-2022
  • Safety, Security, and Mission Services Segment Breakdown
    • Safety, Security, and Mission Services Segment-Funding Request Breakdown
      • Table Safety, Security, and Mission Services Segment: Funding by Appropriation, US, 2016-2022
    • Center Management and Operations Sub-segment- Funding Request Breakdown
      • Table Center Management and Operations Sub-segment: Funding by Appropriation, US, 2016-2022
    • Agency Management and Operations Sub-segment- Funding Request Breakdown
      • Table Agency Management and Operations Sub-segment: Funding by Appropriation, US, 2016-2022
    • Safety, Security, and Mission Services Segment Budget- Discussion
  • Construction and Environmental Compliance and Restoration Segment Breakdown
    • Construction and Environmental Compliance and Restoration Segment-Funding Request Breakdown
      • Table Construction and Environmental Compliance and Restoration Segment: Funding by Appropriation, US, 2016-2022
    • Construction of Facilities (CoF) Sub-segment-Funding Request Breakdown
      • Table Construction of Facilities Sub-segment: Funding by Appropriation, US, 2016-2022
    • Construction and Environmental Compliance and Restoration Segment Budget-Discussion
  • Inspector General Segment Breakdown
    • Inspector General Segment-Funding Request Breakdown
      • Table Inspector General Segment: Funding by Appropriation, US, 2016-2022
  • The Last Word
    • The Last Word-3 Big Predictions
  • Appendix
    • List of Abbreviations/Acronyms

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