February 1, 2024


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SLS rocket programme ‘unaffordable’, NASA unable to estimate real cost: Report

A report to the United States Congress by the country’s Government Accountability Office (GAO) says the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) lacks transparency on the costs of its Space Launch System (SLS) rocket programme, which is being developed for the Artemis Moon programme.

Interestingly, according to the report publishes by GAO on Thursday, NASA officials admitted that at current cost levels, the “SLS programme is unaffordable.” The report states that the American space agency is working on improving affordability but adds that it is too early to assess the effects of those actions on future costs.

The SLS programme is crucial to the space agency’s plans to send humanity back to the Moon with the Artemis programme. The launch vehicle was already tested with the uncrewed Artemis 1 mission and will also be used at least up to Artemis 5.