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.
NASA awarded contracts valued at several billion dollars Jan. 14 to three companies, including one newcomer, for commercial cargo deliveries to the International Space Station through 2024.
Sierra Nevada Corp. expects to start a new series of unpowered flight tests of its Dream Chaser spacecraft in early 2016 as the company awaits the outcome of a NASA commercial cargo competition.
Orbcomm said it could lose several of its 17 second-generation satellites without a big impact on operations beyond a slight delay in message-delivery time..
A group of local and state agencies in Alabama announced plans June 15 to study the feasibility of hosting landings of Sierra Nevada Corp.’s Dream Chaser vehicle at the Huntsville International Airport.
Exelis Geospatial Systems of Rochester, New York, tapped Sierra Nevada Corp. (SNC) Space Systems of Louisville, Colorado, to build a rotating mount for an instrument Exelis is providing for a U.S. civilian weather satellite launching in 2021.
NASA extended Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) agreements with Sierra Nevada Corp. (SNC) and SpaceX, giving the companies more time, but no more money, to finish spacecraft development work awarded more than two years ago.
Sierra Nevada Corp., looking to rebound from a failed commercial crew bid, said March 17 it has proposed to NASA a variant of its Dream Chaser vehicle for shuttling cargo to and from the International Space Station.
NASA and GAO documents detail how Boeing and SpaceX beat Sierra Nevada to win commercial crew contracts amid concern about all three competitors staying on schedule.
The GAO rejected a protest filed by Sierra Nevada Corp. of commercial crew development contracts NASA awarded in September to two other companies.
As SpaceX joins Boeing in completing the first milestones in their commercial crew contracts, the companies and NASA are awaiting a bid-protest decision now due in less than two weeks.
SNC must end its protest over the loss of an award to deliver astronauts to the international space station. The company is not likely to quickly win its battle, and therein lies a serious problem for the future of commercial human spaceflight.