NASA Delays Awarding Next Commercial Cargo Contracts
NASA was set to award the next contracts for resupplying the ISS in June, but has pushed back the award date to September 16th. NASA has stated the delay is “due to additional time required to evaluate proposals.” NASA is expected to award multiple contracts, each with a minimum of six flights. At least five companies are competing for the contracts.
In mid-April, NASA Administrator Bolden testified before the Commerce-Justice-Science subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee. Sen. Shelby (R-AL) was interested about funding cuts to the Space Launch System. Bolden claimed that the funding requested was enough to continue to meet the milestones on time. Bolden also urged the subcommittee to confirm Dr. Dava Newman as NASA Deputy Administrator.
A House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee has added language to a proposed bill that specifies that ULA can use all RD-180 engines that had a firm contract by Feb 1, 2014. The clarification “could make more RD-180s available for [upcoming military launch competitions].”