Some scary news for fans of the troubled James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), NASA’s follow-on mission to the Hubble Space Telescope.
A new independent cost analysis shows it will take another $3.6 billion to get the telescope ready to fly in 2018, bringing total mission costs for five years of operations at about $8.7 billion, Aviation Week & Space Technology reports.
No word yet about how NASA plans to handle the overrun, which comes at a time when federal agencies have been asked by the Obama administration to plan for budgets that are 10 percent less for the year beginning Oct. 1, 2012.
More on the JWST budget woes:
July 13, 2011: James Webb Space Telescope Closer to the Axe
July 6, 2011: Eroding NASA Science: Space Telescope Scrapped?