Space Operations Mission Directorate (SOMD)
The Space Operations Mission Directorate (SOMD) manages and leads NASA’s human space operations in and beyond low-Earth orbit. Space Operations also provides program oversight and guidance on policies and requirements development. Current human exploration programs SOMD oversees in low-Earth orbit are the Space Shuttle and International Space Station. (Source: NASA)
SOMD is responsible for NASA’s Launch Services, Space Transportation, and Space Communications for both human and robotic exploration programs. The Space Communications and Navigation program coordinates multiple communication networks in support of space missions, and is responsible for the growth of NASA's space communications and navigation capabilities. The Launch Services Program is responsible for delivering NASA payloads safely, reliably, on time, and cost effectively. LSP provides these services for all launch systems, including U.S. Commercial and DOD launch vehicles and foreign launch vehicles. They strive to achieve a 95% or better launch success rate. (Source: LSP)
Information on funding for the SOMD can be found under the NASA Budget tab.
MR (December 2010)