NASA Says it Cannot Produce Heavy-Lift Rocket on Time, Budget

NASA has been tasked with producing a heavy-lift rocket similar to the one seen here – a task that the space agency says it cannot do in the required time or budget. Image Credit: NASA.gov

NASA has sent Congress a report stating that it cannot meet the requirements that it produce a heavy-lift rocket by the current 2016 deadline – or under the current allocated budget. In the NASA Authorization Act of 2010, NASA was directed to develop a heavy-lift rocket in preparation to flights to an asteroid and possibly Mars. NASA said it cannot produce this new rocket despite the fact that the agency would be using so-called “legacy” hardware – components that have been employed in the shuttle program for the past 30 years. NASA would also utilize modern versions of engines used on the massive Saturn V rocket.(…) Read the rest of NASA Says it Cannot Produce Heavy-Lift Rocket on Time, Budget (503 words)

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