The report states that the "NASA should strengthen contract management and oversight to improve project results. NASA's past practice in this area has made it unable to identify early warning signals for planned delay and cost growth and is disadvantaged in terms of benefiting from competition."
The report recommends that NASA provide adequate cost and planning reserves to deal with unforeseen risks and begin to prepare "realistic cost estimates and technical risk assessments".
"NASA has traditionally provided little information about the future costs of these manned space projects, which limits information that is useful to decision makers," the report said.
NASA (NASA) 's goal of landing two astronauts on the moon's South Pole by 2024 depends on the successful completion and integration of three systems, namely, the huge SLS (Space launch system) rocket, Orion crew module and ground control unit.
NASA's high-level recognition that the agency is less likely to meet the date of the previous revision of the test launch in 2020, and the U.S. Government's report warned that the problems found during the closing and testing could be postponed to June 2021.
In addition, NASA estimates that NASA's calculation of the space launch system project's cost growth has been underestimated by more than $750 million.
With the insistence of President Donald Trump, NASA has set the deadline for 2024, the first time since the last lunar mission of Apollo 17 in December 1972, four years ahead of the original plan.