Marshall Center Director talks budget, future plans

The Director of Marshall Space Flight Center says that in a time of uncertainty, the agency has been able to hold steady.

Director Patrick Scheuermann gave an update Wednesday morning to business and community leaders on Marshall's activities, budget, and future. He said the biggest project they are working on right now is the Space Launch System, or SLS. It's a launch vehicle being designed at Marshall that will eventually take astronauts beyond our current limits.It is scheduled to be delivered to Kennedy Space Center in Florida in 4 years.

Scheuermann also talked about NASA's budget. He says the proposed fiscal year 2014 budget request is basically the same as the agency's 2013 request. The budget includes $2.18 billion for Marshall Center.

When talking about the budget, he said, "What Marshall Space Flight Center is looking to do is continue to look into things that could be more affordable, more efficient, and more sustainable, for the space launch system as well as others."

He also says Marshall is constantly looking for ways to bring more work to the Rocket City.

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