Missions To The Moon (HSF) / Re: NASA's Artemis Program Updates and Discussion Thread 5« Last post by Robotbeat on Today at 01:14 am »
Man… they’re almost making me agree with a budget cut when they talk about it like that. I think SLS IB and ML-2 and Gateway are unnecessary mistakes… if Artemis IV ended up being just a slightly refined version of Artemis III, it wouldn’t bother me…QuoteAs an example, the Artemis IV mission would be “substantially delayed” if NASA was capped at FY2022.
Alternatively, if the agency was cut 22 percent, NASA would have to “restructure or terminate currently ongoing major development work for Artemis IV” including Gateway, SLS Block 1B, Mobile Launcher-2 and the second SpaceX Human Landing System contract, and prioritize continuation of Artemis II and Artemis III “with potential delays to those flights.”
…but ideally I’d want the money to spent on increasing mission cadence and maybe a surface base and a second lander