Mars Science Lab Landing

By November 2008 most hardware and software development was complete, and testing continued. [82] At this point, cost overruns were approximately $400 million. In the attempts to meet the launch date, several instruments and a cache for samples were removed and other instruments and cameras were simplified to simplify testing and integration of the rover. [83][84] The next month, NASA delayed the launch to late 2011 because of inadequate testing time. [85][86][87] Eventually the costs for developing the rover reached $2. 47 billion, that for a rover that initially had been classified as a medium-cost mission with a maximum budget of $650 million, yet NASA still had to ask for an additional $82 million to meet the planned November launch. As of 2012, the project suffered an 84 percent overrun. [88]