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Space station: cut back to go ahead.

Space station: Cut back to go ahead

Ever since they were introduced byPresident Reagan in his 1984 State of the Union message, plans for a U.S. space station have had both strong advocates and equally fervent opponents, not only within NASA, but also in Congress, the Defense Department, the scientific community and almost any other group that stands to be touched by the huge project's development. A factor long cited by those on the negative side has been its cost, around which opposition has focused even more strongly since a review completed in January by NASA itself showed the projected bill to be almost twice the original estimate.

Last week, Reagan approved a revisedversion of the plan, cut back from the civilian space agency's previous "baseline configuration' and aimed for completion in 1996, representing a two-year slowdown. It is also cut back in cost --cut back, that is, to a level that is more than 50 percent above the originally projected price.

When Reagan first broached the idea,"directing NASA to develop a permanently manned space station, and to do it within a decade,' the cited cost was about $8 billion. NASA's cost review this year yielded a sum of about $14.5 billion (in 1984 dollars, not the shrunken ones of 1987), and sources both inside and outside the agency were soon acknowledging that $15 billion to as much as $16 billion might be more likely.

The revised baseline now carries aNASA-estimated price tag of about $12.2 billion, including $10.9 billion for the station itself and about $1.3 billion for support activities at the agency's various field centers. As part of getting the project started, NASA announced on the same day that negotiations are under way to lease 110,000 square feet of property in Reston, Va., for office space and other facilities as the station's development center on earth.
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Author:Eberhart, Jonathan
Publication:Science News
Date:Apr 11, 1987
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