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Boeing is fighting back against a recent report on NASA's Commercial Crew Program from the agency's Office of Inspector General (OIG).
NASA has been encouraging the development of private astronaut taxis for nearly a decade via Commercial Crew, aiming to end the United States' dependence on Russian Soyuz vehicles for crewed missions to and from the International Space Station (ISS). That dependence has been total since NASA grounded its space shuttle fleet in July 2011.
Boeing - SpaceX - Commercial - Crew - Winners
Boeing and SpaceX emerged as the big Commercial Crew winners in September 2014, scoring contracts currently worth $4.3 billion and $2.5 billion, respectively, to get vehicles up and running and to fly six missions apiece to and from the ISS. Both companies are developing capsules; Boeing's is called the CST-100 Starliner, and SpaceX's is Crew Dragon.
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NASA - Officials - Capsules - Course - OIG
Back in 2014, NASA officials said they hoped that at least one of the capsules would be operational by 2017. That didn't happen, of course. The 53-page OIG report, which was released last week, looked into schedule delays and other issues, serving as a broad audit of the Commercial Crew Program.
Boeing said that $90 million figure is too high, and the company took issue with some of the report's other findings as well.
Report - Conclusions - CST-100 - Starliner - Pricing
"We strongly disagree with the report's conclusions about CST-100 Starliner pricing and readiness, and we owe it to the space community and the American public to share the facts the inspector general missed," Jim Chilton, vice president and general manager of Boeing Space and Launch, said in a statement.
"Each member of the Boeing team has a personal stake in the safety, quality and integrity of what we offer our customers, and since Day 1, the Starliner...
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