schwit1 shares a report from UPI: Construction on NASA’s mobile launcher program for the new Space Launch System moon rocket is 44 percent over budget and three years behind schedule, a new report said. The space agency has built one massive rolling platform to move its moon rockets, with another on the way. Crews are adapting the first launcher to be mated with the SLS rocket for its first launch, planned later this year. But the first launcher cost $308 million more than a budget set in 2014, for a total of $693 million, according to the report released Tuesday from NASA’s Office of Inspector General. Construction of the first platform “lacked coordination and competition with design contractors, coupled with … design errors and integration challenges that drove the project’s cost increases and schedule delays,” the report said.
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