There was no joy in Utah on Friday as ATK got shut out of NASA’s commercial crew awards. Awards went instead to Boeing, Sierra Nevada Corporation and SpaceX.
The company released the following statement:
ATK and the Liberty Team are disappointed that we were not selected by NASA for a Commercial Crew Integrated Capability Space Act Agreement. We continue to believe Liberty provides the safest, most cost-effective crew and cargo transportation systems, as well as the fastest path to recover America’s human launch capability and engage the workforce and facilities at Kennedy Space Center, Johnson Space Flight Center and others. We look forward to a debriefing from NASA.
Meanwhile, Utah Republican Rep. Rob Bishop condemned the decision, attacked the Obama Administration for its poor space leadership, and promised an investigation in a written statement.
“I will be joining with [Utah] Senator [Orrin] Hatch, Senator [Mike] Lee as well as the rest of the delegation to further investigate every detail of how NASA arrived at today’s disappointing decision.”
“I want to make sure that there were no political institutions or political considerations that took place in this, that the winning companies did not come from swing states, nor companies that have had prior relationships with this particular administration,” Bishop told KSL-TV in an interview.
Read Bishop’s written statement below.
Rep. Rob Bishop Disappointed by Latest NASA Contract Decision
“I am disappointed and disheartened by the news that NASA has excluded ATK from the companies that were awarded the contract for the Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) initiative. ATK is a proven leader and their track record is beyond exemplary. It was my understanding that ATK’s Liberty proposal ranked very high in technical merit, and was the lowest-risk option.
“I support NASA’s efforts to engage private industry as part of our efforts to develop the next generation of innovate cutting edge space travel and missile defense capabilities.
“America was once recognized globally as the preeminent leader in exploration of the cosmos and it is my hope that one day we can regain that title. Recently, NASA Administration Charlie Bolden said that, ‘I have no desire to do a Mars landing on our own,’ and that ‘The U.S. cannot always be the leader, but we can be the inspiration leader through international cooperation in space exploration.’ Based on these comments I remain concerned that space leadership remains a low priority for this Administration. This is just another example of how this administration has been a total disappointment.
“I will be joining with Senator Hatch, Senator Lee as well as the rest of the delegation to further investigate every detail of how NASA arrived at today’s disappointing decision.”