ATLAS is funded by NASA grant NNX12AR55G under the Near Earth Objects Observations program (NEOO). The NEOO program aims to discover all potentially hazardous asteroids down to ~100 meters in diameter. NEOO seeks investigations that promise a sustained, productive search for NEOs and/or obtain follow-up observations of sufficient astrometric precision to allow the accurate prediction of the trajectories of all discovered objects. In addition to this goal, the NASA Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate and Planetary Science Division have established an interest for the NEOO Program to search for Near-Earth Asteroid (NEA) targets that provide Human Spaceflight accessible and/or robotic mission destinations.
The current grant ends at the end of 2017, but the Project expects to obtain additional operations funding through 2020.