NASA is facing problems managing the development of its big-budget rocket, the Space Launch System. The report has stated that NASA’s inspector general had been worried about scheduling and budget problems with rockets for years. The SLS, which has been the epicentre of NASA’s Artemis Program, this agency had planned to return humans to the moon by 2024 and also wanted to instate a woman on the lunar surface.
On completion, this rocket is considered to be the most powerful rocket in the world. This rocket is known to have the capacity to carry 200,000 pounds of material into low Earth Orbit. NASA had planned to fly people to the top of the Space Launch System, after which they would reach into a small station around the moon. Where they would then journey down to the surface in a lander.
This SLS is a crucial element to NASA’s lunar ambitions, the inspector in charge had done a complete assessment of all the contracts that included all the major elements of the rocket. Boeing seems to be handling the major portion of the vehicle, whereas Aerojet would be making the engines. Northrop is in charge of making boosters that would give the rocket an extra thrust at liftoff.
All of these contractors have experienced some sort of technical glitches and setbacks that had increased the cost by $2 billion with 2 years of delays. Overall, the whole SLS program is over budget and is behind schedule by 33 percent. These are expected to by 43 percent