Lack of funding disrupts the timing of large NASA projects
If you think that funding problems are relevant only for the Russian space program, you are greatly mistaken. US space agency NASA has concluded that a number of its major projects can not be implemented in accordance with the previously announced schedule. Planned trials Space Launch System superheavy carrier rocket (SLS), as well as manned spacecraft Orion will not be held in 2018. All the fault of a stripped-down budget allocated by the US government under President Donald Trump. NASA scientists and engineers do not have enough money to solve all the problems in life.
The first flight of SLS was originally scheduled for November 2018. Now, in the best case, the event will move to the first half of 2019. This is due to the solution with several serious problems identified in construction and software of the carrier rocket. Transfer of test timing was unveiled yesterday at NASA official address to the US Chamber of Accounts.
"We agree with the representatives of the Accounting Chamber, that a test run in 2018 does not promise anything good our program. At the moment, we transfer timing of the project in 2019. Such precautions are associated with a number of our specialists identified technical problems ", - reads the statement of the head of the program of manned space flight, NASA, William Gerstenmaier.
During the test flight was planned to send the Orion capsule without crew to a distance of 70,000 kilometers of the moon's orbit. But the experts of the Accounting Chamber of the United States decided not to risk a costly technique as long as NASA engineers will not be able to eliminate a number of technical problems. However, to solve the tasks at the current amount of funding is not seen as possible, as this type of work is much greater than initially planned budget. Whatever it was, representatives of NASA optimistic about the future of the project and hope that the long-range transport of tests they do not need.