JWST is to NASA as:
a)SBIRS-Geo is to the Air Force
b)GPS is to the Air Force
c)Space Situational Awareness is to the Air Force
d)None of the above
e)All the above
A couple of weeks ago, JWST appeared on the programmatic ropes when 2018 was called out by the NASA Administrator as a reasonable launch date.
As reported by spacepolicyonline.com, the story continues to…evolve.
The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) will launch in 2018 only if NASA receives more funding for the program than the flat budget assumed in the President’s FY2012 budget request according to an agency official.
The aforementioned ‘agency official’ is NASA’s Rick Howard, the JWST Program Director.
…Achieving the 2018 date also requires more funds in the longer term than what is in NASA’s FY2012 projection. That “runout” shows the program flat funded at $375 million per year for the next five years. Howard said if that really turned out to be the budget for the program, launch would be pushed out into the 2020s.
While a rebaseline is in the works, the painful trickle-out of cost and schedule bad news just seems to keep on giving. Is it possible the JWST could make NASA’s manned space flight program look like a bargain?
I’m waiting for Elon Musk to step up and say SpaceX do it for pennies on the dollar.