OIG Questions Whether NASA Accepted too much Financial Risk with Orbital Contract

Final Report - IG-13-016 - NASA's Management of Commercial Orbital Transportation Services and ISS Commercial Resupply Contracts, NASA OIG

"The OIG review found that despite an almost 3-year delay in development, SpaceX completed its demonstration flights and two resupply missions to the ISS. Although each experienced some anomalies, none was serious enough to substantially impact the missions."

"Similar to SpaceX, Orbital has experienced delays in its development program and these delays in turn caused substantial delays to the planned flight schedule for the company's resupply missions to the Station. However, until recently NASA did not adjust its payment schedule to Orbital in light of these delays."

"... In order to reduce financial risks to the Agency, the OIG recommended that NASA ensure that contracts with the commercial cargo providers are updated to reflect the lead times required to meet any revised launch dates. Specifically, if launch dates slip further NASA should adjust the contracts to ensure that its payments to the companies reflect this revised schedule. NASA concurred with the OIG's recommendation."

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