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Additional fundingwill be requiredto support the revised

FMOF scheduleand allow the most expeditiouscompletionof the Shuttle's

design,developmenttest and evaluationprogram. These funding re-

quirementsare not due to any single programelement, but are due to

several items, includingthe main engines, solid rocket boosters, exter-

nal tank and thermal protectionsystem. Generally,more work has been

found necessary than was originallyestimated.

Shuttle developmentfunding requiredin FY 1979 and FY 1980

exceeds previousplans. Our current estimateof the total Shuttle

developmentcosts is 8 - 9 per cent higher than the early estimate

of $5.2 billion (1971 dollars).

The funding situationhas been discussedwith OMB and will be

consideredin the process of formulatingthe FY 1980 NASA budget.

NASA is reviewing,togetherwith the Departmentof Defense,the

potentialimpact if additionalShuttle developmentfunds are not availablein FY 1979.

Our preliminary8ssessmentsshow that the first manned orbital

flight would be delayed an additionalsix to nine months over the

above-estimatedSeptemberdate and that deliveryof production

orbiterswould be delayed up to one year.

Copies of Yardley'scomplete statementpreparedfor the

House subcommitteeare availablefrom the NASA newsroom,NASA

Headquarters,400 MarylandAvenue, S.W., Room 6043, Washington,D.C. 20546.

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