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- Jan 21, 2015
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Looks like the quiet boom demonstrator is going to get funded.
Another winner in the proposed budget is the agency’s aeronautics division. The request offers $790 million for aeronautics, $150 million above what it received in 2016. The request is part of a 10-year, $10.6 billion plan that includes the development of several experimental “X-planes” to demonstrate new fuel-efficient technologies and supersonic flight that minimizes sonic booms.
“It’s largely due to the alignment of our strategy with the administration’s priorities,” said Jaiwon Shin, NASA associate administrator for aeronautics, referring to the division’s strategic plan completed in 2013. “All those efforts are the basis for this increased budget request.”
The requested increase, though, was still a pleasant surprise. Shin said he heard about the proposed increase in an email last month from the agency’s chief financial officer, David Radzanowski. “His email subject was, ‘Christmas in January,’” Shin said.