Thursday, 30 October 2014

Court rejects SNC’s motion to reinstate hold on CCtCap

The US Court of Federal Claims rejected a motion filed by Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) against NASA’s decision to proceed with the contracts awarded to Boeing and Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) in the framework of the Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) program, despite pending review from the General Accountability Office (GAO).

On 16 September NASA awarded a total of 6,8 billion USD to Boeing and SpaceX to develop commercial vehicles to transport NASA astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS). SNC, which was excluded from the award, has filed for a review before the GAO. Initially, NASA had ordered a hold on the work of the two companies, until the GAO completes the review by 5 January 2015, which is the usual legal procedure in such cases. Later on, however, NASA decided that there should be no delay whatsoever to the program and ordered the companies to resume work.

SNC had filed a motion against NASA’s decision before the US Court of Federal Claims. Boeing and SpaceX intervened in the process to support NASA. Judge Marian Blank Horn issued a verbal order, which rejected SNC motion.

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