Date: 4 months ago   Category: Hi-Tech

Inspection showed that at the carrier rocket NASA SLS very big problems


Terms of putting into operation and also cost of development of the new superheavy carrier rocket Space Launch System (SLS) which the NASA aerospace agency plans to use for delivery of people to the Moon and Mars can increase again. The chief inspector of NASA which books audit of space programs of the agency from time to time published the new report, regarding progress of development of SLS, reports the The Verge portal. The problems connected with the project as it appeared, it is much bigger, than it was thought.

According to new forecasts, a rocket which development already several times faced an overexpenditure of means and delays of financing will cost the USA for several billion dollars more, than it was expected. Besides, the carrier rocket, most likely, will not be ready to the first start planned for June, 2020.

the Main responsible for such situation the report calls the Boeing company - the main contractor who is engaged in SLS creation. It is noted that the company faced serious problems when developing the main missile stage. It was initially supposed that debut test start of the first step of SLS will be made in June, 2017. However now according to the most optimistical forecasts start will take place not earlier than December, 2019. But it is right there noted that there is a probability of transfer of start for later term. According to the general inspector, the main problems are connected with "low performance level" from Boeing. In the report it is said that the company repeatedly gave the wrong estimates to volumes of the remained works for end of the main step and also to that how many for this purpose can be required people.

As exists high probability of increase in terms of a delay of start, the agency should expect the next increase in the total cost development of SLS. According to the current forecasts, by 2021 the American space agency will spend 8,9 billion dollars for completion of the first step by forces of Boeing and also work on preparation of a rocket for the forthcoming starts that is almost twice more than the initial budget of development. And it, except for costs of cooperation with other contractors. For example, completion of the main engines of a rocket which were used in the program of space shuttles and are made by the Aerojet Rocketdyne company, cost the agency in more than 2 billion dollars.

of the Delay and constantly inflated budget became a typical problem for the program of development of the SLS rocket for a long time, it is told in the report. The first start of the carrier was expected last year, however the debut did not take place. Since the beginning of development in 2010 and at the moment spent nearly 12 billion dollars for creation of the NASA rocket. In November, 2017 the agency planned start for 2019, however later start was postponed for the 2020th. According to expert opinion, and this term seems improbable. the company Boeing connects by

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