Recently, it was revealed by NASA that, an additional funding of 1.6 billion dollars will be needing for financial year 2020 to remain on track for a human homecoming to the Moon by the year 2024. Budget amendment of the space agency comes in addition to the twenty-one billion dollars for which Congress was asked by the Trump administration in the month of March. Recently, Jim Bridenstine, administrator of NASA said that, the budget amendment was a down payment on what funding will be needed in the future years for the program, in a teleconference with journalists.
He also added that, we will be needing additional funds, in the upcoming years. He along with his NASA officials did not mention how much that would be. Apparently, 2 people familiar with internal deliberations of NASA said, it has been estimated by the agency that it might require as much as six billion dollars to eight billion dollars for a Moon return by the year 2024. These funds are needed to plan a lunar lander and to build it, design new spacesuits, accelerate the Space Launch System skyrocket in order it to accomplish 3 launches by formerly, build fundamentals of the Lunar Gateway, and for additional related programs.
By the year 2024, NASA’s revised plan calls for initiating components of the minor, space station alike Lunar Gateway on marketable missiles. Those components comprise both a propulsion and power module and a minor habitat module. At the Gateway, before private rockets might stage elements of the lander. Ultimately, a Space Launch System missile might fly a crewed Orion to the Lander station in the year 2024, and 2 astronauts might incline from there to the surface and back. Bridenstine said that, to reach the end state, it necessitates everything that America has to offer.