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NASA TAKES NEXT STEP IN DEVELOPING COMMERCIAL CREW PROGRAM<div></div>Competitive Agreements Will Keep U.S. Commercial Space Program on Track



Dec. 15, 2011

Michael Braukus/J.D. Harrington
Headquarters, Washington 
202-358-1979/5241
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Candrea Thomas
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
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RELEASE: 11-419

NASA TAKES NEXT STEP IN DEVELOPING COMMERCIAL CREW PROGRAM COMPETITIVE AGREEMENTS WILL KEEP U.S. COMMERCIAL SPACE PROGRAM ON TRACK

WASHINGTON -- NASA announced today a modified competitive procurement 
strategy to keep on track the agency's plan to have U.S. companies 
transport American astronauts into space instead of outsourcing this 
work to foreign governments.

Instead of awarding contracts for the next phase of the Commercial 
Crew Program, the agency plans to use multiple, competitively awarded 
Space Act Agreements. Using competitive Space Act Agreements instead 
of contracts will allow NASA to maintain a larger number of partners 
during this phase of the program, with the flexibility to adjust 
technical direction, milestones and funding. 

This flexibility is important during a period of high budget 
uncertainty when NASA is receiving less funding than President Obama 
requested for the agency's commercial space program.

"NASA is committed to ensuring that U.S. companies are sending 
American astronauts into space," NASA Administrator Charles Bolden 
said. "This new acquisition strategy will allow us to preserve 
competition as we maintain our momentum to provide a U.S.-based 
commercial crew launch capability at the earliest possible time." 

This competitive Space Act solicitation is separate from the work 
being carried out under existing Space Act Agreements. The new 
competition will focus on an overall system design rather than single 
technology activities. Details on the new competition will be 
available in January.

The announcement for proposals is expected in the first quarter of 
2012. These competitively awarded Space Acts will be followed by a 
competitively awarded contract for the certification phase. The 
certification phase will ensure that the designs fully meet the 
safety and performance requirements for NASA utilization.

For more information about NASA's Commercial Crew Program, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/commercialcrew

	
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