Skip to comments.NASA weighs shelving Boeing rocket, using other option for flight to moon
Posted on 03/15/2019 2:19:14 PM PDT by BenLurkin
The Space Launch System (SLS) is struggling to meet its schedule, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said at a Senate hearing Wednesday. The rocket wont be ready for a launch in June 2020, when NASA had planned the Exploration Mission-1 flight of its Orion spacecraft around the moon.
The agency is now exploring options for meeting that deadline using commercial capabilities, Bridenstine said. He stressed that the agency remains committed to Boeings SLS, the largest rocket in U.S. history and a critical capability for future deep-space missions.
An October 2018 audit by NASAs Inspector General found multiple management flaws in the SLS program, and said that Boeing was likely to spend at least $8.9 billion for the rocket, double the original budget for the contract. A test flight of the Orion capsule was launched in early 2015 aboard a Delta IV rocket built by United Launch Alliance (ULA), a joint venture of Boeing and Lockheed Martin.
Without the SLS, NASA would be forced to purchase two heavy-lift vehicle launches and then integrate the Orion with an upper stage in orbit, adding to the cost. Bridenstine told the Senate panel that NASA may need further financial assistance from Congress.
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NASA said we were Killing the Planet and on the verge of turning into a raging inferno in just a few short years, can’
t they use Rockets that use non Carbon Emitting Green Energy?
NASA management has become "me too" liberals who just make up politically correct problems.
Boeing - the company that gave us the 737 Max and the failed KC-46 tanker program. Their social media team is going to need to get busy on FR.
Water vapor - one of the worst greenhouse gasses.
“Boeing - the company that gave us the 737 Max and the failed KC-46 tanker program.”
Before beating up too badly, keep in mind that government agencies usually come back with huge numbers of changes that affect design and schedule of major programs. In other words, it may Boeing’s fault, or it may be the government’s fault...or it is likely some of each.
Hydrogen dioxide is a well known killer...............
BDB....................Big Dumb Boosters, solid propellant is the only way to go...................for now................
The Not Always Science Agency has been failing for years.
Solar and solar wind.
Don’t you mean the molecule Dihydrogen Monoxide? Or perhaps the ionic Hydrogen Hydroxide?
My goof, typing before memory kicks in.
The SLS was out dated the first time SpaceX landed a rocket vertically. We need to scrap it. It is time all the other launch system companies got on board with 21st century technology. The SLS was always life support for the remnant industry that had supported the space shuttle. But it has had the effect of institutionalizing the past. The more the old guard digs in, or gets supported by big contracts, the farther ahead companies that are actually innovating will get.
Actually they do. Hydrogen and oxygen burring create water.
Yea, but its those pesky SRBs that are dirty.
“SpaceX landed a rocket vertically”
All that money AND blood spent on the reusable Space Shuttle, and then SpaceX does that. I am not involved at all with the space program, and I still felt a little embarrassed by our folly.
I like Scott Manleys videos. I am not a gamer, but he inspired me to get Kerbal Space Program.
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