NASA Rescinds CCtCAP Stop-Work Order, Boeing and SpaceX May Proceed

NASA Rescinds CCtCAP Stop-Work Order, Boeing and SpaceX May Proceed

NASA today rescinded its directive to Boeing and SpaceX to stop work on the Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCAP) contracts because of the protest filed by Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC).   The agency said it was acting under its statutory authority to avoid significant adverse consequences.

In a posting to its commercial crew website, NASA said a failure to provide commercial crew services for the ISS as soon as possible could pose a risk to ISS crews, jeopardize continued ISS operations, delay increasing the size of the ISS crew from 6 to 7 (the additional crew member’s time would be primarily devoted to scientific research that is the fundamental rationale for building the ISS), and could result in the United States failing to meet its international commitments.

“These considerations compelled NASA to use its statutory authority to avoid significant adverse consequences where contract performance remained suspended,” NASA said.

NASA awarded the CCtCAP contracts on September 16, but SNC filed a protest with the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on September 26.  GAO has 100 days to rule on the protest, which could have delayed worked until January 2015.

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