US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — The American-Indian Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) is the rarest NASA project. Currently, development is on schedule and on budget.
Whether everything remains that way depends on what happens between this moment and its planned launch on board the Indian launch vehicle in September 2022.
The spacecraft of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and NASA – NISAR is designed to address issues related to climate change, the Earth’s carbon cycle and such dangerous natural phenomena as volcanoes and earthquakes.
An audit by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) showed that the project was being implemented within its budget of $ 866.9 million, although asterisks are attached to this conclusion.
“The estimated cost of the project fell $ 20.6 million below the baseline due to NASA’s decision to reduce reserves for the costs of the project,” the estimate says. “After this decision was made, the project had to use reserves to solve technical problems, as a result of which the project did not have reserves for expenses for the 2020 financial year.”
“In addition to the current cost estimates, NASA no longer takes into account the $ 30 million expenses associated with data processing,” the document says.
The project spent five months out of stock because the Indian space agency ISRO delayed the delivery of the S-band radar. As a result, only 4 months are left from the planned stock to successfully launch the device in September 2022.
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