SNC protest prompts GAO to halt development on NASA’s Commercial Crew Program

October 3, 2014 5:29 AM

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SNC protest prompts GAO to halt development on NASA’s Commercial Crew Program

TORONTO, Canada — As reported on SpaceflightNow.com, NASA directed both Boeing and Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX ) to cease all production efforts on the two companies’ developing commercially-produced spacecraft. Last month, both were awarded contracts under NASA’s Commercial Crew Program (CCP) to develop vehicles that will ferry astronauts to and from the International Space Station (ISS). All activities under these contract will be temporarily stopped to allow the U.S. Government Accountability Office the time to review a protest filed by Sierra Nevada Corporation.

Sierra Nevada was competing against Boeing and SpaceX for a share of the $6.8 billion CCP contracts. The contracts will cover all phases of development as well as testing and operational flights. Each contract will cover a minimum of two flights and a maximum of four, with each agency required to ha...

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