Multi-million dollar spacesuit deal axed

18 August 2008
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19 August 2008 | Jake Kanter

US space agency NASA has terminated a $183.8 million (£99 million) contract for spacesuits for its next moon mission in 2020.

The space agency said it would "reconsider" its procurement decision "for the convenience of the government" after discovering a "compliance issue".

It follows a protest lodged with the US Government Accountability Office by the supplier that missed out on the deal, Exploration Systems & Technology, over the contract bidding process.

NASA did not give further details on the "compliance issue" that forced the change.

The Constellation Space Suit System deal was agreed with engineering firm Oceaneering International in June and was due to run until September 2014.

It involved the design, development, test, evaluation and production of equipment to support astronauts on missions to the International Space Station and the surface of the moon.


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