Robert Bigelow called on U.S. President Elect Donald Trump to double the NASA budget in the coming years.
Bigelow is a space pioneer and entrepreneur who founded Bigelow Aerospace, a commercial space habitat developer. Bigelow gave a speech on Friday at the Spacecom Conference in which he argued that the soon to comeDonald J. Trump presidential administration should do as much as possible to enable the United States of America National Aeronautics and Space Administration to facilitate a human return to the moon.
Although such afunding increase from President Elect Trump is a long shot, Bigelow argued that an increase was essential for the United States to remain at the fore of space exploration. He also asserted that such preeminence in space would keep the U.S. a step ahead of other nations where commercial and business ventures were concerned. According to Bigelow, doubling the NASA budget would be well withing the financial means of the U.S.
"I propose that NASA should have, beginning in fiscal year 2019, an annual budget equal to at least one percent of total yearly federal spending," said Bigelow."It is no surprise that NASA needs a greater allowance just to offset the politics, much less what's needed to really get going."
Under the Barack Obama administration, the fiscal year 2017 budget proposal had set aside only $19 billion for NASA. That is less than half a percent of what Bigelow is proposing, which would equal a little bit more than $4 trillion.