The program to build NASA’s moon rocket could double in price to $9 billion, IG says

Once again, NASA can expect even more delays and budget increases for its Space Launch System (or SLS) — the behemoth rocket the space agency is building to take humans to the Moon and Mars. Today, NASA’s inspector general, which performs periodic audits of the space agency’s programs, released a scathing report on the current status of the Space Launch System’s development — and things look bleak. The rocket, which has already suffered from numerous cost overruns and budget delays, is projected to cost billions of dollars more than expected. The vehicle also probably won’t be ready to fly by June 2020, the current target date for the rocket’s first launch. The report blames many of the issues on Boeing, the main contractor of the SLS.... Continue reading…

The program to build NASA’s moon rocket could double in price to $9 billion, IG says

The powerful new rocket NASA has been developing for years in its quest to get to the moon and Mars will require a massive amount of additional funding that would double the initial cost of ...

Wed 10 Oct 18 from The Washington Post

NASA's Mars megarocket has DOUBLED to $8.9bn

The first test launch of the Space Launch System rocket, which is supposed to send humans to the moon and ultimately allow deep space exploration, was most recently slated for mid-2020. ...

Thu 11 Oct 18 from Daily Mail

NASA Report Blames Boeing Mismanagement for SLS Delays

Delays and cost overruns have plagued the SLS, and a new report lays the blame at the feet of NASA's primary SLS contractor: Boeing. The post NASA Report Blames Boeing Mismanagement for SLS ...

Thu 11 Oct 18 from Extremetech

NASA's SLS Megarocket Over Budget, Behind Schedule, Report Finds

It'll cost several billion dollars more than originally planned to get NASA's huge Space Launch System (SLS) rocket off the ground, and that already-delayed first flight will probably end up ...

Wed 10 Oct 18 from SPACE.com

Boeing rocket for NASA over budget, could further delay launch: audit

Boeing Co is building the largest rocket in NASA's history but the aerospace giant's "poor performance" has resulted in an $8.9 billion price tag that is double the initial budget and could ...

Wed 10 Oct 18 from Reuters

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