The Government Accountability Office has issued a report to Congress regarding NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, noting the significant risk of additional launch slips beyond June 2019 and the potential for the project to reach and even breach its $8 billion (USD) cost cap. The report follows the most recent launch delay, announced in September 2017, and expressly states that the telescope’s prime contractor, Northrop Grumman, is the project’s critical path to launch.
GAO report – James Webb launch date “likely unachievable”:
According to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report submitted to Congress Wednesday, 28 February, the James Webb Space Telescope is in danger of slipping even further beyond its current March-June 2019 launch window due to ongoing issues with integration and testing operations and prime contractor optimism.
The significance of the finding, according to the GAO, is that the integration and testing period is “the phase in development where problems are most likely to be found and schedules tend to slip.”
NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, set for launch NET 2019.
The report specifically notes that at the end of February 2018, only 1.5 months of schedule reserve remained, meaning the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) now carries an ...