Commentary

An Expensive Frankenstein in Space

by bob zimmerman

The European Space Agency and NASA have confirmed that the Europeans will be building the service module for Orion. Several points:

First, this is very expensive. Europe will spend $600 million to design and build the service module. Note that this is just the service module, not the entire spacecraft. Yet, the cost is about 60% of the entire budget of the NASA’s commercial crew program, which is funding three different spacecraft capable of putting humans in orbit.

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