Hint: It rhymes with "throw" as lawmakers fire lobbying for an unknown amount of money in the moon fire of 2024.
SLS Core Stage pathfinder raised in VAB (photo : NASA / Ben Smegelski)
NASA brought a smile to the faces of Boeing shareholders this week with the announcement that it will order 10 US aviation giants from the US Artemis Aviation Missile giant on the moon. Although paying for things can be complicated.
The news came when NASA was trumpeting the arrival of the first version of the main scene of a monster rocket at its Kennedy Space Assistance Building (VAB). In what has undoubtedly brought a frieze to the memory of many, the 21
Instead, engineers will use the test article to practice unloading, moving and tilting maneuvers before the real thing arrives next year. Perhaps.
Boeing is contracted to build SLS milestones for the first two Artemis missions, as well as an indicator that is currently rotating at VAB. Permission to purchase a rocket means Boeing may receive a third-stage crack in the core to be used for the Artemis III mission and that all important 2024 crews land on the moon.
It is expected that the next batch of rocket core stages will not bear the same terrible cost overruns and the horribly drawn birth process of the first structure, which could finally fly in 2021 after years of delay.
While more ex-shuttle RS-25 engines will be required for ejection into the ocean after SLS is reusable, NASA also wants Boeing to finally begin construction of the upper exploration stage (EUS) to be used by Artemis IV. EUS is essential for sending payloads of around 45 tonnes into the moon's orbit.
The relatively drilled, cryogenically-driven temporary phase will be used in NASA's first three Artemis missions to bring these boots to the surface. US President Donald Trump's term is 2024.
date 2024 causes some wrinkled eyebrows. During a hearing on the Commerce, Justice and Science Subcommittee of the Committee on Budgets in NASA's proposal to bring the landing moon forward in 2028, US lawmakers lifted the agency over coal, as the price mark for all lunar yachts remains unclear.
ESA bigwigs: Euro Moon efforts go the way they should "- which we will not say by 2024.
Commissioner Jose Serrano, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstein made an unpleasant call as he again asked for an estimate of how much he would need to cough up the US taxpayer to speed up the program.
As in previous hearings, Bridenstein could not answer , despite lawmakers pushing the administrator for numbers and casting examples of past expansions and Seran summed things up (at 1:16), reminding NASA that "if we didn't know what it would cost in the end, it would be irresponsible for us to take the first step."  Oh,  Serrano ended by denying that he had effectively stabbed the Artemis program with his questions, saying, "I don't have that kind of power."
However, until NASA came up with some numbers, which can hold her accelerated lunar dreams and sharp, these questions will not disappear. ®
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