Sunday, December 4, 2011

NASA Space Act Agreements Face New Limits


Nov 30, 2011


 
NASA is signaling more restrictive use of Space Act Agreements (SAA), development-oriented contracting vehicles the agency has employed since 2006 to hasten development of commercial cargo and crew transportation services to support post-shuttle activities aboard the International Space Station.
The coming shift is just one of the challenges to emerge this month for commercial spaceflight providers and their proponents. Recently, key appropriators agreed to fund just $406 million of the Obama administration’s $850 million fiscal 2012 request (AW&ST Nov. 21, p. 39). The SAA changes came in response to a Nov. 17 audit by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the investigative arm of Congress.

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