PlanetSpace Files Protest With GAO Over NASA Contracts | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Most Recent Daily Airborne

Airborne On ANN

Airborne On YouTube/Hi-Def/Mac Friendly

Monday

Airborne 01.26.15

Airborne 01.26.15

Tuesday

Airborne 01.27.15

Airborne 01.27.15

Wednesday

Airborne 01.28.15

Airborne 01.28.15

Thursday

Airborne 01.29.15

Airborne 01.29.15

Friday

Airborne 01.23.15

Airborne 01.23.15

Mon, Jan 19, 2009

PlanetSpace Files Protest With GAO Over NASA Contracts

Says Its Proposal Represented Better Value Than Other Contractors

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has been compelled to suspend last month's contract awards to two companies for cargo missions to the International Space Station, after a third filed a complaint with the US Government Accountability Office.

CBC News reports the protest was submitted last week to the GAO by PlanetSpace, a consortium of Boeing, Lockheed-Martin and Alliant Techsystems, alleging its bid for the ISS missions was passed by -- despite having higher evaluative rankings than the other two contractors.

The protest stated, "[PlanetSpace] received a higher mission suitability score from NASA's source evaluation board and was lower in cost than one of the two proposals selected by NASA. Thus, the PlanetSpace proposal represented better value to the government."

Contractors submitted bids last year to provide a commercial-cargo transportation system capable of hauling 20 tons of cargo to the ISS over an eight-year period, with flights to begin in 2010.

After evaluating the proposals, NASA awarded Space Exploration Technologies, better known as SpaceX, with a $1.6 billion contract for 12 cargo flights, while Orbital Sciences Corporation received a $1.9 billion contract for eight cargo flights.

According to The Wall Street Journal, NASA senior official William Gerstenmaier indicated the decision was based on PlanetSpace's "complete lack of experience as a prime contractor," and expressed doubts about its ability to manage technical risks and deliver what it promised, calling its "likelihood of success remote."

NASA has suspended work on the contracts, and has 30 days to make a formal response to the GAO regarding PlanetSpace's complaint. A final ruling by the GAO is expected by April 29.

FMI: www.nasa.gov, www.planetspace.org, www.spacex.com, www.orbital.com

Advertisement

More News

Klyde Morris 01.30.15

Never Feel Guilty About That Which You Cannot Change, Klyde FMI: www.klydemorris.com>[...]

Airborne 01.29.15: Meridian Upgraded, Solar Impulse Readies, Pipistrel's Wattsup

Also: Allegiant Strike?, API Partner Profile--AEA, VP-26's Last Orion, Orbital Merger, FAA Penalizes, Airbus Helis Piper Aircraft has introduced its newest top-of-the-line M-Class >[...]

Airborne 01.28.15: AMA Steps Up, AirAsia Stall Warnings, Obama Wants Carbon Cuts

Also: Ridiculous Arkansas Regs Proposed, Tecnam Juggernaut, New EC135 T2+ Training Helo, NBAA Joins 'Know Before You Fly', Wipaire Grand Opening, AirVenture SkyDive Record As the m>[...]

Airborne 01.29.15: Meridian Upgraded, Solar Impulse Readies, Pipistrel's Wattsup

Also: Allegiant Strike?, API Partner Profile--AEA, VP-26's Last Orion, Orbital Merger, FAA Penalizes, Airbus Helis Piper Aircraft has introduced its newest top-of-the-line M-Class >[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.30.15)

C133 Cargomaster Project It seems as if there's a website out there for almost any type of airplane that's ever flown, and while roaming around the Internet, we came across this on>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2015 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC