NASA has embarked on an epic quest to build the biggest rocket ever constructed, with an eye towards one day sending astronauts to Mars. The space agency’s Inspector General says the effort is not going well due to poor performance by Boeing, which is lead contractor for the rocket’s core stages. The I.G. is wrong. The effort, known as the Space Launch System, is progressing steadily. NASA has consistently rated Boeing’s performance as “excellent” or “very good.” So how did the Inspector General manage to get it wrong? Mainly by leaving a lot of relevant information out of its most recent audit, and misstating some of the information it included. I have written a commentary for Forbes here.
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