NASA admitted in its latest Request for Information (RFI) that it has been spending alot of money on the Space Launch System’s and the Orion capsule’s development.But now they are asking public opinion on minimizing the “production, operations and maintenance costs” of the rocket-and-spacecraft system. This issue should be resolved soon as they are going under new administration soon.
Newly elected president Trump once said that he need NASA to concentrate on exploring planets like MARS and beyond, for which SLS is first priority.
It costs NASA 3 billion dollars a year in developing SLS and Orion. Apparently NASA has 19 billion dollars budget for the fiscal year of 2016.
Bill Hill, the engineer who oversees the project, told Ars Technica earlier this year.
“We’re just way too expensive today It’s going to take some different thinking and maybe a little bit more risk taking than what we’re wanting to do today.”
In one part of the RFI, the agency wrote that it’s also on the lookout for
“Competing exploration services in the mid- 2020s time-frame and beyond if the market demonstrates such services are available, reliable, and consistent with NASA architectural needs.”
This could mean that NASA is willing to use the rockets and space craft of private companies only if they will be cheaper to operate and maintain.
So, if you want agency to consider your input,clock is ticking, you have to send it on or before 23 December.