|[An] increase in NASA funding was essential to the future of both the agency's exploration efforts and business plans of commercial ventures, as well as affordable to the nation.|
| HOUSTON — Space entrepreneur Robert Bigelow said Nov. 17 that he believes that the Trump administration should as much as double NASA's budget in the coming years and make plans for a human return to the moon. |
Bigelow, the founder of commercial space habitat developer Bigelow Aerospace, argued in a speech at the Spacecom conference here Nov. 17 that such a dramatic, and arguably long-shot, increase in NASA funding was essential to the future of both the agency's exploration efforts and business plans of commercial ventures, as well as affordable to the nation.
"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," Bigelow said. The Obama administration, in its fiscal year 2017 budget proposal, requested $19 billion for NASA, less than half a percent of the overall request of more than $4 trillion.
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