NASA’s developmental deep-space rocket, the Space Launch System at Marshall Space Flight Center located in Huntsville, received funding lift from the U.S. House of Representatives. U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville, on Wednesday announced $150 million increase in the rocket’s funding over 2015.
The bill, known as the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2016 was approved by the house to increase the funding.
The bill is now going to the Senate for approval.
The Department of Justice, Department of Commerce, NASA, National Science Foundation and other associated agencies is funded by the appropriations, according to Brooks, who happens to be the vice chair of the Space sub-committee of the Science, Space and Technology Committee of the House.
He announced that the expenditure bill contains a total discretionary fund of $51.4 billion and SLS has a total fund of $1.85 billion.
A number of many payloads are expected to be launched on SLS that needs a large, or “enhanced,” upper stage that can be added to the capabilities of SLS. The spending bill contains the $50 million for continuous development of the Enhanced Upper Stage (EUS) designed and tested in North Alabama, Brooks said.
The bill also defines the SLS as the launch vehicle for the intended mission of NASA to Jupiter’s moon Europa scheduled in 2022.