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Commercial Crew Budget Debate Centers On Program Schedule –

June 20, 2015

Despite warnings from NASA that any cuts to commercial crew funding would delay the program, Senate appropriators slashed nearly $350 million from the agency’s request because they believed the program was already suffering delays.

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Senate committee justifies slashing commercial crew budget by saying that schedules have slipped and thus progress payments will not be due as originally anticipated. NASA disputes this contention, stating that both Boeing and SpaceX are expected to deliver a functioning space transportation system by September 2017.

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