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Space. NASA: expenses for new launch vehicle almost doubled

Boeing will end the funds allocated in advance of three years

The aerospace company Boeing is developing and building the biggest Expendable Launch Vehicle (ELV) in the history of NASA, but due to the difficulties encountered in the course of design and production the price has increased to $ 8.9 billions. A doubling of the initial budget allocated that could delay further its first test launch, already rescheduled for mid-2020. The first human crew would have to get on the Space Launch System in 2022 in order to start the trainings and tests that will bring the man back on the Moon by 2025. The huge problem for NASA is that the first launch has been delayed already three times, and the accusation launched at Boeing by the space agency during a hearing yesterday is that "there have been many technical and management problems, which increased the final cost by almost $ 3 billion". According to forecasts, the US company, which is already three years behind the supply of the KC-46 aircraft to the USA, will close the budget of 6.2 billion dollars in the coming years, leading to an increase in costs for the 2021 of $ 8.9 billion, when therefore additional funding could be needed to continue the development of the new carrier rocket.

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