Kennedy Space Center's software launch exceeds costs, may delay launches

KSC's new software launch behind schdule, raises to $207.4 million in costs


CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Kennedy Space Center's development of software that will enable astronauts to launch on deep space missions now costs $207.4 million, and the extra costs could delay launches, according to News 6 partner Florida Today

Command and control software for the agency's Space Launch System rocket and Orion crew capsule jumped by 77 percent to the costs being $207.4 million, according to NASA's Office of Inspector General, Florida Today reported. 

"And by the time the software is expected to be ready in September 2017 — 14 months behind schedule — it will lack features intended to detect equipment failures,' Florida Today reported. "NASA said it would be able to safely launch the first SLS-Orion mission, an unmanned test flight planned by November 2018, without those features."

Due to the cost of the software, there maybe "potential schedule delays for other SLS-Orion launches."

Find NASA's audit here.