In the wake of the Potemkin abort test of Orion, Eric Berger has a reality check.
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This is a perfect example of the problem:
Even as NASA needs to be spending money on a lunar lander, it has been directed by Congressional authorizations to spend more money on the SLS rocket. To that end, NASA announced last week a $383 million cost-plus contract to build a second mobile launcher, to be used for the Block 1B version of the Space Launch System rocket, which has a more powerful upper stage. This rocket is at least five years away from launching, will cost billions to develop, and is not currently used in any of NASA’s plans for the 2024 landing.
As Bob Zubrin often says, they don’t want to spend money to do things; they want to do things to spend money.
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