End of the Line for United Space Alliance?

Space News reports that United Space Alliance has been ordered to stop pursuing new business, signaling the likely end of a Boeing-Lockheed Martin joint venture whose main task was operating NASA’s now-retired space shuttle fleet.

The Houston-based company, formed in 1995, has a contract with NASA to complete close-out of the shuttle program that expires at the end of September. Although the article does not say definitively that the company will be shutting down, that is the belief of several sources quoted.

Based on the article, Boeing and Lockheed Martin will compete against each other for future operations contracts rather than competing through USA.