The table above does not include full budget figures for FY 2018 because Congress and the president have not figured those out yet, even though we’re now 4 1/2 months into the fiscal year. It leads one to wonder whether we’ll be in a similar situation this time in 2019.
Deep Space Exploration gets a big boost in this budget, as does the Exploration R&D program. The space agency would reorganize its R&D programs and focus them on exploration activities.
Planetary Science gets a good boost in spending while Earth Science is reduced. And the Education Office is again zeroed out, something Congress has rejected in the past.
Commercial LEO development is funded at $150 million. The goal is to spur development of alternative platforms for the International Space Station (ISS), which would have direct federal support ended in 2025. There is already a lot of opposition to that plan in Congress, so we’ll see what happens there.