According to the data, the agency has already suffered its first test flight of a new reusable manned spacecraft ‘Orion’ in automatic mode from 2013 to 2014, and the testing of the emergency engine stops running at the start was delayed from 2015 to 2019. In addition, "due to budget constraints NASA halted the development of life support systems of the ship’s crew and avionics," the article says.
Experts note that the contract to build the ship cost 6.1 billion dollars could not cover all the costs, as the development took more money than originally planned, according to ITAR-TASS.
"Orion" is developing Corporation "Lockheed Martin" and the heavy launch vehicle for it — the company "Boeing". In the future, the ship will be used for complex human spaceflight, however, according to experts, it will happen soon.
"Given the amount of resources and time required to build capable of landing on the surface of celestial bodies and related devices systems, the likelihood that NASA will be able to fulfill the mission to study the surfaces of planets and asteroids to the end of the 2020s is small," — they said.
Currently, the United States is forced to use the services of Russian Federal Space Agency to deliver astronauts to the International Space Station since the 2011 program ended with "Space Shuttle", and U.S. shuttles were put on the funny.
Experts estimate that over the past years, the U.S. paid Russia for a place on the transport ship "Soyuz" for about $ 65 million.