NASA will pay more money for less cargo delivered to the International Space Station under a set of follow-on commercial cargo contracts awarded in 2016, according to a report by the agency’s inspector general.
As Sierra Nevada Corporation prepares its Dream Chaser cargo vehicle for a first launch on an Atlas 5 in late 2020, the company expects to make a decision by the end of this year on the rocket that will launch later missions.
NASA has given Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) formal approval for the company's first cargo mission to the International Space Station in late 2020.
Executives with Sierra Nevada Corporation said Nov. 13 they believed the recent glide flight of a Dream Chaser test article was successful and they won’t need to fly that vehicle again.
The company confirmed that the Dream Chaser vehicle can meet NASA requirements for transporting cargo to and from the space station.
Sierra Nevada Corp. said July 28 its Dream Chaser vehicle is ready for a second round of test flights in California as it presses ahead with development of a version to transport cargo to the ISS.
Sierra Nevada Corp., who won one of three contracts from NASA in January to deliver cargo to the International Space Station, said July 11 that it is has completed the first milestone under that award.
NASA documents about the selection of commercial cargo contracts announced in January show that SpaceX had the highest technical ratings of the three winning companies, but also, by one metric, the highest price.
Two major aerospace companies that failed to win multibillion-dollar ISS cargo contracts from NASA said they have no plans to protest the agency’s decision with the GAO.