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Delays threaten Europa Clipper mission

A variety of issues delaying completion of the science instruments on the Europa Clipper mission are now threatening to prevent the spacecraft from meeting its 2024 launch date.

[W]ith less than two years to go before launch, only three of those instruments have been installed on the main spacecraft body, and five haven’t yet arrived at JPL.

Some context: Europa Clipper has been under development since 1997, though actual design work did not begin until 2013, nine years ago. It presently has a budget of $4.25 billion (more than double its first proposed budget of $2 billion). Yet now, less than years from launch, seven of ten instruments are behind schedule?

What is really disgusting about this story is that it is par for the course for NASA, which almost never finishes anything on time or on budget.

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3 comments

  • Concerned

    Even the once impeccable JPL has been corrupted by the rot of wokeness, but no surprise because it sits right in the middle of the district that continues to elect Adam Schiff. Leftism destroys everything it touches.

  • Richard M

    I note that the worst offender seems to be the Mapping Imaging Spectrometer for Europa (MISE), which is being built by JPL itself (with an assist from APL). And I wonder if this is more evidence of the struggles we are hearing about in regards to JPL’s inability to properly staff all its science missions (which has already put the VERITAS Venus mission in peril).

  • Jeff Wright

    I think Space Force needs to have a place for JPL’s competent staff if possible. Put it in the Black..on the down-low…away from that mess.

    I suggest Alabama.

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