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NASA Defends SLS, Again

By Marc Boucher
July 30, 2013
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NASA defends Space Launch System against charge it ‘is draining the lifeblood’ of space program, Huntsville Times
NASA is defending its Space Launch System against a new analysis arguing that SLS is too expensive to fly and is “draining away the lifeblood – funding – of the space program.”
“I understand the premise of the article,” NASA Deputy Associate Administrator for Exploration Systems Development Dan Dumbacher told al.com and The Huntsville Times in a July 23 interview, “but I think we need to realize there’s a broader set of trades that really form up the decision process.”
Dumbacher referred to “Revisting SLS/Orion launch costs” by John Strickland published July 15 on the website The Space Review. Strickland is a member of the board of directors of the National Space Society, but wrote the article independently.

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