Boeing and SpaceX Stop Work on NASA Crew Programs

boeingNASA has directed Boeing and SpaceX to halt activities under contracts awarded last month to build commercial space vehicles to ferry astronauts to the the International Space Station while the U.S. Government Accountability Office reviews a protest of NASA’s contract decision filed by Sierra Nevada Corp.

Boeing and SpaceX beat out Sierra Nevada for the contracts, which are worth up to $6.8 billion and cover development, testing and operational flights through 2019 if NASA exercises all options in both deals.

The Dream Chaser proposal was deemed “near equivalent” to Boeing and SpaceX’s bids in scoring on technical merit and past performance, according to Sierra Nevada.

The GAO has until Jan. 5 to recommend a response to Sierra Nevada’s challenge, but the congressional watchdog agency could release a ruling within weeks.

Source: http://www.spaceflightnow.com/news/n1410/01cctcapprotest/#.VC4j7Gfa6m4

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