NASA intends to extend its Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contracts with Orbital Sciences Corporation and SpaceX by up to two years, according to a pre-solicitation notice posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website.
The notice said the extensions until December 2017 would be done at no cost to the government. NASA awarded both contracts in December 2008 for cargo delivery to the International Space Station (ISS) with not to exceed values of $3.1 billion apiece.
The contract extensions, which would be done one year at a time, would involve a delay in the new round of commercial cargo contracts, known as CRS2, which NASA intends to open for competitive bidding.
“This extension is expected to be executed one year at a time so that if a new provider competing for the above mentioned CRS2 contract can demonstrate their ability to deliver cargo early then it would be possible to award CRS2 contracts such that the second year of the extension would not be required,” the notice states.
Blue Origin, Boeing and Sierra Nevada Corporation are all developing orbital spacecraft that could compete to fly cargo to the space station. All of the spacecraft are several years from flying.