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United States postponed the creation of a new spacecraft Orion


The creation of the new American spacecraft Orion is postponed due to funding problems, according to a report on the results of an internal audit of the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), an excerpt from which was published by the weekly SpaceNews.

According to the data presented, the department has already transferred the first test flight of the new reusable Orion manned spacecraft in automatic mode from 2013 to 2014 year, and testing of the engine crash system at launch was postponed from 2015 to 2019 year. In addition, "due to budget constraints, NASA has suspended the development of life support systems for the crew of the ship and avionics," the article says, ITAR-TASS reports.

Experts note that the contract for the creation of a ship worth 6,1 billion dollars could not cover all the costs, since the development required more funds than originally planned. It is expected that this year another additional financing agreement will be concluded with the contracting companies.

Orion is being developed by Lockheed Martin, and Boeing is the heavy booster for it. In the future, the ship will be used for the most complex manned flights, however, according to experts, this will not happen soon.

“Given the amount of time and money needed to create spacecraft-capable apparatus and associated systems, the likelihood that NASA will complete the mission to study surfaces (planets and asteroids) until the end of 2020's is small,” they note.

Currently, the United States has been forced to use the services of Roskosmos to deliver astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) since the Space Shuttle program ended in 2011, and reusable US ships have been put on a joke. According to experts, over the past years, the United States has paid Russia for one seat on the Soyuz transport ship for approximately 65 million dollars.
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  1. Apollo
    Apollo 27 August 2013 11: 35
    Media: The Security Council may ban the export of US engines RD-180 for the Atlas rocket
    The Russian Security Council (SB) is considering stopping the supply of RD-180 rocket engines to the United States manufactured by the Khimki NPO Energomash for use on Atlas V rockets, a source in Roscosmos said.
    “With the help of rockets of the Atlas family, the Americans are removing the military load. Previously, Russia looked at it through their fingers, but now the question has been raised about the advisability of this kind of cooperation, ”a representative of the Russian Space Agency said, Izvestia reports.

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    1. Kyrgyz
      Kyrgyz 27 August 2013 20: 06
      Energomash will lose money jobs and reduce development opportunities, and the United States will put another engine, they have nowhere to get a rocket engine? Sat smashes nonsense however
      1. StolzSS
        StolzSS 27 August 2013 23: 54
        Such an engine has nowhere else to take. And to build from scratch is huge grandmothers, even China now doesn’t hi will pull ....
      2. Geisenberg
        Geisenberg 28 August 2013 00: 54
        Quote: Kyrgyz
        Energomash will lose money jobs and reduce development opportunities, and the United States will put another engine, they have nowhere to get a rocket engine? Sat smashes nonsense however

        Energomash will find where to make money, but the Americans do not even itch to create their own similar engine, it seems like they are already designing the next generation of engines on other physical principles.
    2. studentmati
      studentmati 27 August 2013 21: 37
      Quote: Apollon
      Media: The Security Council may ban the export of US engines RD-180 for the Atlas rocket

      You can fly to the ISS in the Unions! Till...

      X-37B is clearly a priority!
    3. Siberian German
      Siberian German 28 August 2013 03: 01
      and what they thought when they began to deliver - amers already managed to create a reserve
  2. ziqzaq
    ziqzaq 27 August 2013 11: 38
    Orion's new U.S. spacecraft postponed due to funding problems
    Has the machine really broken ???
    1. AVV
      AVV 27 August 2013 15: 33
      The adversaries are mired in debt! Let them continue to pay Roscosmos for each astronaut, with a black sheep at least a tuft of wool !!!
      1. dmit-xnumx
        dmit-xnumx 27 August 2013 23: 13
        Sorry - I wanted to "plus", but missed (by "minus")!
    2. Russ69
      Russ69 27 August 2013 15: 36
      Quote: ziqzaq
      Has the machine really broken ???

      Not enough power ... smile
  3. Stiletto
    Stiletto 27 August 2013 11: 39
    It would be better if you (hereinafter the obscene definition of the sex and moral affiliation of the US representatives, not missed by the editorial board of the VO), stopped the war with Syria due to lack of funding ...
  4. slavik_gross
    slavik_gross 27 August 2013 11: 50
    At least some positive lately! And 65 million dollars are not superfluous.
  5. vadson
    vadson 27 August 2013 11: 51
    lockhead is not sickly to the American budget stuck, and Boeing too. It is from the filing of the tops of such companies that a mess is organized all over the world. The Yankees urgently need a new reason to raise the level of public debt (in October, troubles will begin again). Syria is a dumb reason to solve its problems. They do not care about the people of another state from the bell tower.
  6. Silkway0026
    Silkway0026 27 August 2013 12: 41
    see, they saw not weak ... everything is like people - they have mastered the money, they didn’t have enough money, they added it, they saw it, they added it ... the cost of one F-22 "Raptor" aircraft in 2010 was 411,7 million dollars. and does not really fly - in the rain it cannot, in the snow it cannot, the pilots are suffocating ...
  7. tilovaykrisa
    tilovaykrisa 27 August 2013 13: 25
    A strange country, no one is attacking, and space is squeezing money while sucking up the latter and spending it on offensive weapons, a fucked-up country.
  8. KBPC50
    KBPC50 27 August 2013 14: 25
    In total they have enough! This is just an excuse. The whole world buys green candy wrappers from the Yankees, which look will turn into toilet paper, the Yankees can crank it up. And then all their debts will be written off, and the whole world will again owe them !!! It’s time to stop selling engines for rockets, and IF selling, then not for candy wrappers. After all, the Yankees do not sell us their microcircuits, processors and other electronics for rubles, they require gold.
  9. Grenz
    Grenz 27 August 2013 18: 59
    Yes, just the issue on Syria was resolved a long time ago. Obama understands that after the attack on Syria, Russia simply will not leave it. There will be a huge scandal. They will touch space too. I have no doubt that in the foreseeable future the entire joint program will go to hell. Well, like this, we bomb a country that Russia supports and at the same time we pay Russia money for space. Very doubtful. Yes, and the ISS in my amerikosy already tired. They needed her so that we would drown PEACE. Now they have something more interesting. Apparently we will find out soon.
  10. Nayhas
    Nayhas 27 August 2013 19: 18
    As I understand it, the majority are either not aware of the US developments in terms of orbital flights, or they are not interested and am writing to curse the United States for the sake of curse. The SLS rocket carrier created by Boing to deliver Lockheed Martin’s Orion spacecraft into orbit is not the only NASA-funded project. There is SpaceX company with Falcon9 rocket carrier and Dragon spaceship, while SpaceX is rapidly ahead of its eminent rivals, their Dragon has already flown to the ISS, and the tests of the first Grasshopper return stage are successful.
    Orbital Scinces with Antares Launcher and Cygnus Spaceship
    Sierra Nevada Corporation with Atlas V rocket launcher and Dream Chaser spacecraft
    Boeing with a spaceship CST-100 for various rocket carriers ...
    In general, even with a reduction in NASA funding, there is something to choose ...
  11. Kyrgyz
    Kyrgyz 27 August 2013 20: 04
    In fact, it’s bad that, first of all, the breakthrough projects that are necessary for humanity as a whole are cut, and even for the sake of saving some speculators.
  12. voliador
    voliador 28 August 2013 01: 44
    Less is needed in Yugoslavia, Iraq, and others.ьplant democracy, then there will be money for normal projects.