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NASA Ignores GAO, Plans CEV Announcement

By Keith Cowing
August 24, 2006

NASA Announces Contractor for Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle

“NASA Exploration Systems’ managers will host a press conference at 4 p.m. EDT Thursday, Aug. 31, to announce the prime contractor to design, develop, and build Orion, America’s next human spacecraft.”

GAO Report: NASA: Long-Term Commitment to and Investment in Space Exploration Requires More Knowledge

“NASA’s current acquisition strategy for the CEV places the project at risk of significant cost overruns, schedule delays, and performance shortfalls because it commits the government to a long-term product development effort before establishing a sound business case. NASA plans to award a contract for the design, development, production, and sustainment of the CEV in September 2006-before it has developed key elements of a sound business case, including well-defined requirements, a preliminary design, mature technology, and firm cost estimates.”

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