NASA Again Postpones Space Station Commercial Cargo Contract Awards, Boeing Out

Orbital ATK Cygnus cargo spacecraft being processed at the Kennedy Space Center for upcoming unmanned cargo launch to the International Space Station (ISS) on Dec. 3, 2015.   Cygnus will ferry more than 7,000 pounds of supplies, equipment and experiments to the ISS.  Orbital ATK is vying for NASA's new Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract to supply the ISS through 2024.  Credit: NASA

Orbital ATK Cygnus cargo spacecraft being processed at the Kennedy Space Center for upcoming unmanned cargo launch to the International Space Station (ISS) on Dec. 3, 2015. Cygnus will ferry more than 7,000 pounds of supplies, equipment and experiments to the ISS. Orbital ATK is vying for NASA’s new Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract to supply the ISS through 2024. Credit: NASA

Will NASA renew SpaceX and Orbital ATK as the favored contractors for the commercial cargo flights absolutely essential to keeping the International Space Station (ISS) amply stocked with science experiments and supplies through 2024 for the multinational crews now celebrating 15 years of continuous human occupation?

Or will a trio of other American aerospace competitors vying for the new government contracts somehow break through? That’s the multi Billion dollar question since the cargo awards are potentially valued at 3 to 4 Billion dollars or more each.

Well despite widespread expectations that the winners of NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) 2 contract for the(…)
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