The development of NASA's Megarocket has exceeded the cost of nearly $ 2 billion, and may not be completed by 2021, four years later than originally planned, the guardian found
- General Accounting Office, which identified 1, $ 8 billion over the initial 6.2 billion. It also estimates that the first launch will be delayed again, now by June 2021.
- The Space Launch System (SLS) developed by Boeing was first launched for 2017.
- Now scheduled for take-off in June 2020, but the report shows that this was won
The General Accounting Office (GAO) identified $ 1.8 billion in additional costs, including nearly $ 1 billion, which NASA has shadowed in previous reports on its space launch system (SLS ), the rocket and the capsule on which
Questions about the development of a rocket , led by Boeing Co., means that the first launch of the SLS, initially scheduled for the end of 2017, could be postponed until June 2021.
At this point, the flight test flight The latest rating gives nothing for the final a deadline set by the Trump administration, which hopes to see astronauts on the moon surface five years after.
NASA's space launch system takes years longer than expected with an overcharge of nearly 2 billion. dollar, audits revealed, raising questions about achieving the goal of returning people to the moon by 2024. The SLS artist's impression was impressed
The SLS timeline has already been pushed several times during the years initially dating back to 2017. until November 2018, before I was again t reviewed until June 2020.
Now, according to GAO, even this goal seems "unlikely".
Expenses increased nearly 30% since the beginning of the Boeing Program restructured its management team in 2018 and early 2019 to adapt to the challenges of the program and simplify its production process, Boeing's spokesman said Jerry Dragling.
"No one is building such a missile, and we are creating a very in-depth database of all future missiles," he said.
The planned mission to unload people on the lunar surface by 2024 is part of a wider one. a program called "Artemis", which will use the Moon as the basis for eventual missions on Mars.
This accelerated timeline, four years faster than initially planned, is likely to cost between $ 20 and $ 30 billion over the next five years, NASA Administrator Jim Brittenstein said in an interview with CNN last week
While the space agency briefly played with the idea of using a privately developed missile to keep the mission on schedule, it doubled again after the offer and said it decided it would stick to the SLS.
The GAO report states that NASA and Boeing officials have underestimated the manufacturing complexity of the "base stage" of four attached rocket engines, which could increase costs and cause delays of two or more years.
This assessment is based on findings from previous observers' reports that indicate "management problems, technical and infrastructure problems caused by Boeing's poor performance."
"NASA reported cost data for SLS and Orion is not completely transparent, "the report added. The $ 1.8 billion cost overrun is almost twice as much as NASA reported to its inspector in 2018 for SLS and Orion Capsule, the crew crew built by Lockheed Martin to fire the top of the rocket.
The last estimate predicts nothing for a deadline set by the Trump administration, which hopes to see astronauts on the moon surface for five years
Boeing CEO Dennis Muylenburg announced on Wednesday that the company is moving its headquarters to Arlington, Virginia, into its space division at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, where the SLS will be assembled for launch. space flights and operations, William Gerstenmeyer, said in response to the GAO report that the audit does not recognize that NASA is building some of the most sophisticated ones ever built. The NASA spokesman declined to comment.
NASA has awarded Boeing at least $ 146 million in incentives to stay on schedule, but "programs have not always achieved the desired results," the report said.
The space agency agreed with the recommendation of the re-evaluation report on the incentive system.
WHEN A NATION IN RELATION TO THE MOON
In a March statement, NASA Administrator Jim Brittenstein doubled his plans to send people first to the moon and then to Mars and said NASA is about to bring people back to the Moon The plan relies on the developed space system and Orion spacecraft
SLS and Orion are expected to be ready for their first non-test flight test in 2020
The construction of Gateway – an orbital moon overhead – to begin immediately after 2022
"We will go to the moon in the next de etiletie with innovative, new technologies and systems to explore more places on the lunar surface than ever before, "said Bridenstina.
"This time we go to the Moon, we will use what we learn while we are moving the moon forwa to take the next giant leap-sending astronauts to Mars."
Vice President Mike Pens, however, broke up these plans and statements when he suddenly opened a new deadline in March to announce plans to put people on the moon by four years earlier by 2024.
The vice president called on NASA to " resume the sincerity of the urgency "to explore the cosmos and make it a priority to put" cm "
NASA Administrator Jim Brindstede added a week later, early in April, that the agency would" get close "to the plan by April 15.
This was missed by a few weeks ago, and the Home Science Commission has already expressed its dissatisfaction with the lack of a viable plan or program from outer space