EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET
WASHINGTON. D.C. 20503
JUNE 22 1981
Honorable Alan M. Lovelace
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Washington, D.C. 20546
Dear Dr. Lovelace:
Thank you for your letter of April 24, 1981, regarding the International Solar Polar Mission, a joint space venture involving the European Space Agency and NASA. Your letter noted that the recent ESA proposal for NASA to buy a West German spacecraft for ISPM is scientifically acceptable, but that additional funds would be required in fiscal years 1983 to 1986. You asked for guidance on how to proceed.
A meeting was recently held between representatives of ESA and this office to discuss the future and funding for ISPM. The view was conveyed to ESA that due to further likely cost growth on the space shuttle and other space projects which would exacerbate the already difficult fiscal year 1983 situation, no add-on was possible for the ISPM. However, it was noted that NASA has the flexibility to reprogram funds from within budgetary resource levels to pursue projects within its overall priorities, particularly those that involve important international commitments.
I thank you for your views on this important matter.
David A. Stockman