What is the most expensive car in the United States of America?
#111667. Asked by great2beme. (Dec 23 09 1:55 AM)
NASA's three Mars' rovers (MER program) were very expensive unmanned cars for the US to build and operate:|
The MER program is an $800 million effort. It's what NASA calls the "soup to nuts" or beginning-to-end costs. This total life cycle expense includes launch and operating the rovers on Mars.
In recent assessments, however, the program was clearly going to break the bank, Figueroa said, predicted to be something on the order of $13 million to $15 million beyond budgeted resources.
The word from NASA Headquarters was that the MER program has no more available funds. Both NASA and JPL officials took a major look within the MER project to find needed funds and to build up an internal pot of reserve cash.
"The MER team went through line item by line item. We revisited the plan for delivery of components making sure that things weren't being cut too short on anything," Figueroa said.
Over the last month, indicators are "pretty darn good" for the MER program, Figueroa said, with airbag and parachute system tests, as well as electronic component checkout, yielding good results. "The integration and testing program is going great. At least over the last week, things are looking really good. We have reason to be cautiously optimistic," he said.
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