NASA internal bodies admit that rocket costs could delay space exploration.
The NASA It is the official space agency of the United States. Right now in his hands he has the most varied projects to take people to the Moon and Mars (Project Artemis) or he is searching for life on other planets. As you can imagine, all this has a price, and not a cheap one. The internal bodies of the agency have pointed out this problem that directly affects the launch of missions.
Rocket launches from Cape Canaveral are one of the most impressive spectacles and recognized by space exploration enthusiasts. However, behind that spectacle of fire, smoke and hope that it will be a success there is a large capital investment, more than we think.
NASA needs to make its launch systems cheaper
The technology used in NASA rockets becomes more expensive every day This means that the United States must give more and more money for lesser results. The problem of the rising cost of technology and launch systems has led a state agency to admit that the situation is “unsustainable.” They have expressed it that clearly.
The GAO (Government Accountability Office) issued this report. and it has done it on what is known as SLS (Space Launch System). Despite the optimistic estimates that experts have given in the different stages of development of this project, the truth is that things are not going well at NASA.
In this Space Launch System, NASA has invested, so far, no less than 11.8 billion dollars. 2024 budget proposal includes another $11.2 billion that will take the work until 2028. GAO says this budget item will not be enough To finish it successfully, more capital will be needed.
For now a lot has been invested and little has been obtained
Another report from NASA’s inspector general suggested that each Artemis mission will cost $2 billion. The GAO countered by saying the real figure will be closer to 4.1 billion.. More than double what was said. Picked up by ExtremeTechthe data suggests that NASA is in trouble.
Despite the enormous investments made, Artemis II is scheduled for 2024, a mission that will be followed by Artemis III. According to the GAO, Artemis II will not be launched until before 2025 and III will be extended to 2026. What is the solution to this problem? The answer is simple, but doing it not so much: make launches cheaper.
NASA has already gotten to work on this issue trying to improve their systems from top to bottom, including the type of fuel used. A few days ago the development of “trisofuel” was revealed, a nuclear-type fuel that is very efficient and stable. Perhaps it is one of the answers to make launches cheaper, time will tell.