Artemis: March 2020 Archives

NASA OIG: NASA's Development of Ground and Flight Application Software for the Artemis Program

"We found the EGS Program has taken appropriate steps to manage GFAS by implementing a flexible software development process and exercising appropriate oversight and risk management. However, we found that challenges from simultaneous hardware and software development efforts resulted in revisions to GFAS and contributed to increased development costs. In addition, NASA and Lockheed Martin--the contractor developing the Orion crew capsule--took 2 years to resolve information technology security issues that delayed the GFAS team from obtaining remote access to critical test equipment at the contractor's laboratory. Overall, as of October 2019 GFAS development has cost $51 million, about $14 million more than originally planned. Although EGS managers expect GFAS to be ready in time to launch Artemis I, it is essential that the Agency incorporate lessons learned from cross-program development, integration, and testing challenges to minimize risks to future software development."

Gateway No Longer Mandatory For 2024 Lunar Landing, Space Policy Online

"The head of NASA's human exploration program said today that the lunar Gateway that has been a linchpin of the Artemis program no longer is a mandatory component of getting astronauts back on the Moon by 2024. NASA has decided to "decouple" getting to the Moon "fast" versus getting there "sustainably" and Gateway is not needed to get there fast. This dramatic turnaround was driven by the need to meet the Trump Administration's deadline to put astronauts on the lunar surface before the end of a second Trump term if he is reelected."

NASA takes Gateway off the critical path for 2024 lunar return, SpaceNews

"We can now tell the international partners] 100% positively it will be there because we've changed that program to a much more what I would call solid, accomplishable schedule," he said. He added there were unspecified changes to the Gateway design to reduce its cost "so I don't get into a struggle" between the cost of the Gateway and human lunar landers, suggesting there were cost overruns with the Gateway. "Frankly, had we not done that simplification, I was going to have to cancel Gateway because I couldn't afford it," he said. "By simplifying it and taking it out of the critical path, I can now keep it on track."


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