Любопитното е, че другата компания дала оферта SpX сега обжалва решението на НАСА и поръчката за ракетата от ULA е временно спряна до окончателното завършване на обжалването.NASA has selected United Launch Services LLC (ULS) of Centennial, Colorado, to provide launch services for the agency’s first-ever mission to explore Trojan asteroids.
The Lucy mission currently is targeted to launch in October 2021 on an Atlas V 401 rocket from Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. With boosts from Earth’s gravity, the spacecraft will embark on a 12-year journey to study primitive asteroids orbiting the Sun in tandem with Jupiter.
The total cost for NASA to launch Lucy is approximately $148.3 million, which includes the launch service and other mission related costs.
https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa ... cy-mission
https://www.washingtonpost.com/technolo ... fa84f3c639
“SpaceX offered a solution with extraordinarily high confidence of mission success at a price dramatically lower than the award amount,” the company said in a statement to The Washington Post. “So we believe the decision to pay vastly more to Boeing and Lockheed for the same mission was therefore not in the best interest of the agency or the American taxpayers.”
Фриволното поведение на Мъск и наглото незачитане на правилата и законите вече дава своите плодове - проверка от НАСА, ревизия от DoD, изкючването на BFR от финансиране по EELV, сега и тази поръчка.In a news release, NASA said the asteroids are “clusters of rocky bodies almost as old as the sun itself, and visiting these asteroids may help unlock the secrets of the early solar system.”
The mission, to be launched in October 2021, requires a precise launch window so that the spacecraft can “throw itself out into a celestial alignment that will not occur for decades.”
The SpaceX protest was filed Monday with the Government Accountability Office, which typically has 100 days to review challenges to contract awards.
Жалко е, че SpX ще страда от глупостите му.