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Jan 05 2015

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SNC CCtCAP protest denied

Thank the good Lord above! 2017 can’t get here fast enough!

“The GAO has notified NASA that it has denied Sierra Nevada Corporation’s protest of the Commercial Crew Transportation Capability contract awards. NASA is pleased the GAO’s decision allows the agency to move forward and continue working with Boeing and SpaceX on the Launch America initiative that will enable safe and reliable crew transportation to and from the International Space Station on American spacecraft launched from the United States, ending the nation’s sole reliance on Russia for such transportation. The case remains under the protective order and blackout until the GAO releases its decision.”

Here’s the GAO ruling. Specifics include:

  • Boeing’s estimated cost for the CST-100 was $3.01 billion. NASA considered their bid the strongest in spite of the higher cost, factoring technical approach, management approach, and past performance
  • SpaceX’s estimated cost for the Dragon V2 was $1.75 billion
  • SNC’s estimated cost for the Dream Chaser was $2.55 billion

GAO disagreed with Sierra Nevada’s arguments about NASA’s evaluation, and found no undue emphasis on NASA’s consideration of each offeror’s proposed schedule, and likelihood to achieve crew transportation system certification not later than 2017. GAO also noted that, contrary to Sierra Nevada’s assertions, the RFP clearly advised offerors that their proposals would be evaluated against the goal of certification by the end of 2017.

Sierra Nevada also argued that NASA conducted an inadequate review of the realism of SpaceX’s price and overall financial resources, conducted a flawed and disparate evaluation of proposals under the mission suitability evaluation factor, and improperly evaluated the relevance of offerors’ past performance. Based on our review of the issues, we concluded that these arguments were not supported by the evaluation record or by the terms of the solicitation.

Now let’s get on with playing Capture the Flag.

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