Boeing dumped from $3.5 billion NASA derby as SpaceX gains
(Bloomberg) — Boeing Co.’s bid to fly cargo to the International Space Station fell short as the company was eliminated from NASA’s $3.5 billion competition, clearing a challenger from a field that also includes Elon Musk’s SpaceX.
The National Aeronautics & Space Administration, which had planned to award the work as soon as Thursday, delayed a decision until Jan. 30 at the latest to allow more time for a review of the bidders’ proposals, according to a revised timeline on the agency’s website.
Boeing’s exit further thins the field of contenders for NASA’s second contract with private business to haul supplies to the station, following Lockheed Martin Corp.’s removal earlier this year. Space Exploration Technologies Corp. and Orbital ATK Inc., the incumbents on the current award, vied for the new flights along with Sierra Nevada Corp.
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