Pentagon Sees Doubled Cost for Rocket Launch Program

May 23, 2013

The Pentagon on Thursday told Congress that a recent restructuring of its heavy rocket launch program to add 60 more launches and extend the schedule for a decade would more than double the program's projected cost to $70.7 billion.The Defense Department's annual report to Congress on major arms programs forecast an increase of $35.7 billion or 102 percent in the Air Force's Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) program, under which contractors provide launch services to lift big U.S. military, intelligence and NASA satellites into orbit.

A Pentagon spokeswoman said the increase reflected plans for a total of 151 launches, up from 91, and a 10-year extension of the current schedule from fiscal year 2018 through fiscal 2028. 

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