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Astronomy

Hearing on NASA Space Telescopes

By Keith Cowing
December 6, 2017
Hearing on NASA Space Telescopes

NASA: Preliminary Observations on the Management of Space Telescopes, Cristina Chaplain GAO
“GAO’s ongoing work indicates that these projects are each making progress in line with their phase of the acquisition cycle but also face some challenges. For example, the current launch date for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) project reflects a 57-60-month delay from the project’s original schedule. GAO’s preliminary observations indicate this project still has significant integration and testing to complete, with very little schedule reserve remaining to account for delays. Therefore, additional delays beyond the delay of up to 8 months recently announced are likely, and funding available under the $8 billion Congressional cost cap for formulation and development may be inadequate.”
Chairman Babin’s Opening Statement: NASA’s Next Four Large Telescopes
“It has been mentioned to me that with Hubble you could take a single picture into a meeting to show what was discovered but with W-FIRST you’ll have to wallpaper their entire office. The capability has increased 100 times from Hubble. W-FIRST is a critical new flagship mission and we need to make sure it stays on course. The assets provided to NASA from the National Reconnaissance Office, or NRO, seem like a good fit for the mission but the program needs reasonable timelines and a realistic budget.”
Hearing charter
– Statements by Ranking Member Johnson and Ranking Member Bera
– Prepared statements: Thomas Zurbuchen, Thomas Young, Matt Mountain, Chris McKee

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