Second SLS Mobile Launcher Costs Rise to Almost $1 Billion as Schedule Slips More Than 2 Years

Comparison between ML-1 and ML-2 concepts. (Source: NASA OIG presentation of Agency information)
  • 2.5 times more expensive than original contract
  • Completion delayed at least 2.5 years
  • Additional cost overruns and delays likely

by Douglas Messier
Managing Editor

Bechtel’s $383 million project to build a second mobile launcher (ML-2) for NASA’s Artemis moon program has ballooned to at least $960.1 million while completion has slipped more than two years from March 2023 to October 2025, according to a new Office of Inspector General (IG) report. And more delays are highly likely.

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Sidus Space 2021 Earnings Report Shows Lower Revenues & Higher Losses

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Sidus Space PR) — Sidus Space, Inc. (NASDAQ:SIDU), a Space-as-a-Service satellite company focused on commercial satellite design, manufacture, launch, and data collection, today announced financial and corporate results for its fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2021.

Fourth Quarter 2021 Financial Highlights:

  • Revenue increased to $523,419 for the three-month period ended December 31, 2021, from $268,507 during the same period in 2020, an increase of 95%
  • Loss from operations increased to $1,620,017 for the three-month period ended December 31, 2021 versus $363,472 in the comparable period of 2020.
  • Net loss was $2,426,490 for the three-month period ended December 31, 2021 compared to a net loss of $364,575 during the same period in 2020. The loss was primarily a result of expansion of staff and costs associated with the Company’s initial public offering in December of 2021.
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Atlantic Hydraulic Systems Names Christina Chapman as Lead on Key NASA Launcher Collaboration

Christina Chapman

Chapman is managing Atlantic’s Mobile Launcher 2 Hydraulic Systems Project for NASA’s new rocket program which looks to put the first woman on the moon as early as 2024.

SHIRLEY, N.Y. (Atlantic Hydraulic Systems PR) — With the Artemis Program – NASA hopes to put the first woman on the moon as early as 2024, and Atlantic Hydraulic Systems is answering the call by naming Christina Chapman as project manager for a critical system they are developing to help NASA’s launch effort.

Chapman is managing the NASA Mobile Launcher 2 (ML2) Hydraulics Systems Project which is specifically used for NASA’s new SLS rocket program. While much of Chapman’s work is classified, Atlantic’s president, Robert Ferrara, notes “the hydraulic systems [Chapman is managing and helping design] will supply the launch actuators with high pressure hydraulic fluid during the liftoff sequence”. The ML2, and the new SLS rocket, will spark the imagination of lunar travel for a brand new generation of men and women for years to come.

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