US military space spending set at $8 billion for 2014

US military space spending set at $8 billion for 2014

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US: The US Defense Department’s $527 billion spending blueprint for 2014 would leave the majority of unclassified space programmes intact with the exception of proposed satellite systems for missile tracking and space surveillance, both of which are getting the axe, budget documents show.

If approved by Congress, the plan, which includes $52 billion more than the Defense Department is authorised to receive as a result of across-the-board federal spending cuts, would provide a total of $8 billion for military space programs in 2014, a level consistent with 2013 expenditures.

The plan includes funding support for two GPS 3 satellites, five Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) rockets, two Advanced Extremely High Frequency secure communications satellites and two geosynchronous satellites for the Space Based Infrared System missile warning constellation.

Source: Space.com