Boeing is delaying America's return to space, NASA says

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Boeing's construction of the largest rocket in NASA's history is projected to cost $8.9 billion-double the initial budget. While taxpayer-funded cost overruns are de riguer when talking about the U.S. military industrial complex, the massive aerospace company is also two years behind schedule, a gap that could widen further according to an audit by NASA's inspector general.

The company's poor performance on the massive Space Launch System means NASA will likely miss the launch window of December 2019-June 2020 for its planned Exploration Mission-1, the first flight of the SLS and Orion spacecraft, the report said. The rocket and Orion-being built by Lockheed Martin Corp.-are designed as America's new deep-space exploration system, to launch first to the moon and eventually deeper into the solar system. Since the end of the Space Shuttle era, Americans have had to hitch a ride with Russians to get into space...

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