Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Orbiter Museum Cost Less Than Expected
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Florida Today reports that the final costs to prepare the Space Shuttle orbiters for delivery to museums are less than projected.
New cost estimates range from $9.6 million to deliver Enterprise to $13.7 million for Endeavour, with the cost for Atlantis still under negotiation. NASA will pay the $11.1 million tab for Discovery, which is scheduled to be ferried April 17 from Kennedy Space Center to the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum.
The article also notes why the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton, Ohio didn't get an orbiter.
Though funding wasn’t the deciding factor, [NASA Administrator Charles] Bolden in recent congressional testimony said it was among “significant shortcomings” in the Air Force museum’s proposal. The museum had promised $14 million from a not-yet-approved Air Force budget appropriation and an equal amount of “in-kind” services, terms NASA deemed unacceptable, according to the inspector general’s report.