Cost Deadline Approaches For Rockets That Would Launch U.S. Moon Mission Written 16 September 2019

16 September 2019
Aerospace America reported that under an agreement with the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), “NASA must recalculate the estimated cost of the SLS program to see if, in fact, the overrun exceeds a 30% threshold that would trigger a legally required reauthorization review by Congress.” An overrun in excess of 30 percent “could deal a blow to the Trump administration’s proposed Artemis 2024 moon landing,” because “if the threshold is crossed, NASA would have to conduct a detailed analysis of the program.” In June, the GAO “reported...that the overrun was likely at least 29%, not NASA’s estimate of 14.7% or $1 billion, which would also avoid review actions triggered by a 15% overrun.” In an email, NASA said that it “is working to bring in new leadership for the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate and the Exploration Systems Development that will examine the SLS schedule, baseline, and calculation of cost growth.” (Image: Technicians at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans move the engine section for NASA’s Space Launch System rocket. Credit: NASA/Steven Seipel)
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