But NASA Administrator Jim Brittenstein said in a statement Tuesday that none of his alternatives provides a way for the agency to stay "within our schedule and budget."
Now government officials are pushing Boeing to speed up the development of the long-awaited missile called Space Launch System or SLS. Space agency contracted Boeing in 2012 to build key components of SLS
Bridenstine's remarks came after US Vice President Mike Pence said on Tuesday at the Alabama National Space Council that the news of more delays with the SLS program "Big disappointment,
Pens announced that the Trump administration wants NASA to return astronauts to the Moon by 2024, which would require a drastic acceleration of the SLA development
to issue a warning to Boeing:" To be aware of , we are not involved with either "If our current performers can not reach that goal, then we will find those who will do it."
Boeing, for his part, told CNN Business that "there have been some breakthroughs recently in production innovations, and works with NASA to maintain a delivery schedule.
Bridental said that after Penns said NASA was "confident," the SLA would be ready for an unarmed test flight in 2020, potentially creating the rocket to be used for a crew mission shortly thereafter. The history of the back
Boeing began building the basic stage of the SLS, the spine of the rocket, about seven years ago. At that time, employees said the SLS would be ready to fly in December 201
The surveillance report published five months ago destroyed "poor performance Boeing, "said the cost overhead is expected to double the company's spending to a minimum of $ 8.9 billion by 2022. NASA has already spent at least $ 11.9 billion on SLS
During the March 13 hearing, Brindstedin stunts viewers when he says more delays will be unacceptable and promised to consider "all the options" for launching NASA's spacecraft, Orion, the unplanned mission around the moon. mid-2020. These variants, he said, included NASA's SLS side-by-side hulls and the purchase of heavy-duty missiles – such as those made by SpaceX or the United Launch Alliance – to replace SLS with the upcoming mission. Bridenstine said after examining the matter for two weeks, NASA found none of the alternatives to offer Orion to work on time in the budget. But he said commercial missiles could be used as an alternative to SLS at some point in the future.
Pence repeated these remarks at the Space Council meeting on Tuesday when he announced the plans by the Trump Administration to bring the astronauts back to the Moon in 2024.