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Cost Increase For NASA Boulder Retrieval Mission That Congress Won't Fund

By Keith Cowing
August 15, 2016
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Cost Increase For NASA Boulder Retrieval Mission That Congress Won't Fund

NASA Asteroid Redirect Mission Umbrella for Partnerships to be Released in September Seeking Hosted Payloads and Investigation Team, NASA
“The Asteroid Redirect Mission Umbrella for Partnerships(ARM-UP) Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) will solicit concept studies for basic and applied research and technology demonstrations, and mission investigations through partnerships with the ARM. The full BAA Solicitation, with two appendices, is expected to be issued in early September.”
NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission Completes Robotic Design Milestone, NASA
“Earlier this year, NASA updated the target launch date for the robotic mission to December 2021 in order to incorporate acquisition of the industry robotic spacecraft development into the project schedule. To reflect this new target date, the project’s cost cap was increased at KDP-B from $1.25 billion to $1.4 billion. This figure does not include the launch vehicle or the post-launch operations phase. The crewed segment, targeted for launch in 2026, remains in an early mission concept phase, or pre-formulation.”
NASA’s Boulder Retrieval Mission, earlier post (2015)
“And NASA can’t even admit that the $1.25 billion cost (without launcher) would balloon to $3 billion or so when it uses the two SLS flights it wants to use. And oh yes: the OSIRIS-REx mission will already do nearly all of the sciencey stuff ARM is doing (as an afterthought) – at a fraction of the cost of ARM.”
House Appropriators Seek To Defund Asteroid Mission – Push NASA To The Moon & Mars, earlier post
ARM Defenders Forecast Nasty Things If It Is Cancelled, earlier post
Asteroid Boulder Retrieval Mission Needs a Precursor Mission, earlier post

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