Government Accountability Office Refuses Sierra Nevada Corp’s challenge

Government Accountability Office Refuses Sierra Nevada Corp’s challenge

Sierra Nevada Corp.'s challenge to a NASA contract to carry astronauts to the International Space Station has been denied by the Government Accountability Office on Monday.

NASA given contracts to Boeing and SpaceX last fall to launch a series of missions that would let the US to launch astronauts into space from US soil.

As per the American space agency the commercial crew contract would end US dependence on Russia, which has been carrying American astronauts to the space station. Contract of Boeing is worth as much as $4.2 billion and SpaceX was given a contract valued at $2.6 billion.

"Its own proposal was the second-lowest-priced, it argued, while it achieved mission suitability scores comparable to the other two proposals", said Sierra Nevada in its filed protest.

The company argued that by utilizing its own special vehicle, the government might have saved about $900 million. Ralph White, the agency's managing associate general counsel, said that NASA recognized Boeing's higher price but proposal of Boeing is also considered to be the strongest of all three proposals. Numerous favorable features in Sierra Nevada's proposal have also been found by the agency.

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