Four Top Reasons for Funding JWST

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  • Author: Mariel John Borowitz
The James Webb Space Telescope ( JWST) should be fully funded at the level requested in the President’s Fiscal Year 2012 NASA Budget Proposal to allow for timely completion and launch of the spacecraft. Certainly, the Space Foundation recognizes that there are important lessons to be learned from the evolution of the JWST program. Unrealistic cost estimating has led to unexecutable programs and cost overruns on many NASA programs in recent years. The solution to this endemic weakness at the space agency is not to cancel large projects near completion, but to insist that NASA improve its cost estimating and acquisition processes on programs early in their development, and that the nation then invest only in programs that have a high probability of being completed on time and within budget.
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