Bridenstine: Artemis to cost $4-$6 billion per year


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According to several reports this past weekend, NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine is now estimating the cost for the Trump administration’s Artemis lunar program at $20 to $30 billion, or $4 to $6 billion per year.

This has not been officially confirmed. Either way, I am not sure how Bridenstine will get this approved in the House, where the Democrats now have a policy to oppose any Trump proposal 100%. And if it doesn’t get approved, SLS will die after its second launch, as the bulk of this budget is to pay for its future flights to the Moon.

If a lower figure gets approved, that might force NASA to buy private rockets almost exclusively to get back to the Moon, rather than the mix of private and SLS as now proposed.

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  • wodun

    And if it doesn’t get approved, SLS will die after its second launch, as the bulk of this budget is to pay for its future flights to the Moon.

    TDS might do what no one was capable of doing, getting SLS cancelled. Is Trump harnessing TDS to jujitsu Democrats into supporting what he really wants?

    The cost drivers are SLS and Orion. Expanding what NASA does could cost more money but whether it does or doesn’t depends a lot on how NASA’s current funds are allocated and how the expansion of activities are procured.

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