Oh Bugger: NASA Contracts and CCDev

Read the whole article for the grisly details, but here’s the part that looks ugly for Commercial Crew.

NASA’s proposed approach for the next CCDev round, according to commercial crew program manager Ed Mango, “combines the best elements of an SAA with the features of a contract that wil allow NASA to approve the tailoring of requirements and the certification of a vehicle.”

And

Representatives of industry present at the forum strongly objected to this proposed approach, though, largely out of concerns that, even with the cost accounting exception, adhering to the FAR would be very expensive.

So the one area of NASA that has avoided cost plus accounting and overhead might be forced to use it soon. Bugger.

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