Sep 21 2004

SHELBY ANNOUNCES FUNDING FOR MARSHALL SPACE FLIGHT CENTER AND ALABAMA PROJECTS

Appropriations Committee Passes FY 05 VA-HUD Appropriations Bill0

U. S. Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations committee, announced today committee approval of funding requests for Marshall Space Flight Center and other North Alabama projects in the Veterans Affairs-Housing and Urban Development (VA-HUD) Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2005. The committee approved several Alabama-related projects at the request of Senator Shelby.

Sen. Shelby said, "I am very pleased that my colleagues recognized the merits of my funding requests."

The following programs were funded by the committee:

$4.32 billion - SPACE SHUTTLE PROGRAM

Sen. Shelby said, "I am pleased the committee has fully funded the President’s request for the Space Shuttle Program for fiscal year 2005. The committee remains strongly supportive of the shuttle program and committed to helping NASA return to safe and reliable flight operations."

$1.62 billion - SPACE STATION

Sen. Shelby said, "Successful completion and utilization of the International Space Station (ISS) is very important. I am pleased the committee continues to support ISS operations, and we anticipate return to flight of the space shuttle fleet and the submission of NASA’s plan to finish the ISS.”

$268 million - CREW EXPLORATION VEHICLE

Sen. Shelby said, “The committee has provided $268 million in funding to start the Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV) program. Planning is still underway within NASA regarding the design and capabilities of the CEV, but this program is critical to the President’s vision for NASA. I am pleased the committee has approved funding to begin this program.”

$10 million - NUCLEAR THERMAL PROPULSION RESEARCH

Sen. Shelby said, “I am very pleased the committee has provided $10 million for nuclear thermal propulsion research within Project Prometheus at Marshall. This is an exciting area and one that our scientists at the Propulsion Research Laboratory are well prepared to execute.”

$5 million - PROPULSION MATERIALS MICROGRAVITY RESEARCH

"The committee granted my request to provide additional funding for propulsion materials microgravity research," said Shelby. "The bill provides an additional $5 million to support this important research and will help put important microgravity experiments on orbit."

$3 million - EXPLORATION SYSTEMS SIMULATED TEST & EVALUATION ENVIRONMENT

Sen. Shelby said, "The committee has provided $3 million for NASA’s Office of Exploration Systems to develop and implement an integrated system simulation strategy to take full advantage of modeling and simulation and evaluation tools."

$4 million - COMMERCIAL TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM

Sen. Shelby said, “The committee has provided $4 million for the Commercial Technology Program at Marshall Space Flight Center. The Fiscal Year 2005 budget had proposed to terminate funding for this program. I am very pleased the committee has acted to restore this funding and continue this worthwhile program.”

$2 million - KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT INTEGRATED DATA ENVIRONMENT

Sen. Shelby said, “I am pleased the committee provided $2 million to the Space Shuttle Main Engine Program Office at Marshall for development of a knowledge management integrated data environment. This will help the Space Shuttle Program better manage and integrate the wealth of data stored in multiple databases in order to improve management, engineering, or safety decisions.”

$1 million - U.S. SPACE AND ROCKET CENTER

Sen. Shelby said, “I am pleased the committee provided $1 million for the Space and Rocket Center to procure educational training equipment and make improvements to their numerous and valuable museum exhibits.”