GAO Upholds NASA's $6.8 Billion Award for Space Vans

January 5, 2015 6:01 PM

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NASA acted properly in awarding $6.8 billion to the Boeing Co. and SpaceX for a new generation of commercial space vans to ferry astronauts to and from the International Space Station, the Government Accountability Office ruled Monday. The GAO rejected a challenge to last September's award that was filed by Sierra Nevada Corp., a spaceship-builder that lost out in the competition.

Sierra Nevada claimed that the rules for the contest were changed in midstream to put more emphasis on the ability to meet a 2017 deadline for putting the new spacecraft into operation, and that its bid should have won out over Boeing's higher bid. The GAO, however, said that the concern over schedu...

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