Billions in federal funds earmarked for SLS, Orion projects

Billions in federal funds earmarked for SLS, Orion projects
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WAFF) - The Space Launch System is set to receive $2 billion in federal funds as lawmakers hammer out the Fiscal Year 2016 omnibus appropriations bill.

According to a statement by Alabama Senator Richard Shelby, the Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies, the SLS rocket in development at Huntsville's Marshall Space Flight Center will be given this funding to help secure the country's future in human space exploration.

"The funding in this bill will ensure that the SLS vehicle and its key elements are completed in time to support a 2018 launch of Exploration Mission-1."

In addition, several other space initiatives will have funds earmarked in the spending bill, including $1.27 billion for the crewed Orion Capsule, $620 million for the James Webb Space Telescope, set to launch in 2018, and about $745 million in other technology and educational funding.

The appropriations bill still has to pass the Senate.

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