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Tell Me This Isn’t a Government Operation
NASA’s latest moon rocket, the SLS or Space Launch System, was rolled out of the Vehicle Assembly Building at Cape Canaveral last week, for its pre-flight tests. This machine has been a text book example, if one were required, of how to set about spending tax-payers’ money at the greatest rate possible, on a trough for members of congress and their donors.
The tv series Chernobyl reprised an old Soviet joke: What’s big as a house, burns 20 litres of fuel every hour, puts out a shitload of smoke and noise and cuts an apple into three pieces? A Soviet machine made to cut apples into four pieces!
“This will likely come as a surprise to no one who has closely watched the development of NASA’s next giant rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS), but it’s going to be expensive to use. Like, really expensive – to the tune of $4.1 billion per launch, according to the NASA Inspector General. That’s over double the original expected launch cost.”
Published: 21 March 2022