Report: Lockheed Martin Eliminated From NASA Cargo Competition

Lockheed Martin's concept for NASA's Commercial Resupply Services 2 program.
Lockheed Martin’s concept for NASA’s Commercial Resupply Services 2 program.

The Wall Street Journal reports Lockheed Martin has been eliminated from the Commercial Resupply Services 2 competition:

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration made its decision this past summer, according to the people familiar with the matter, and since then it has been a topic of discussion in industry circles. NASA made the call largely on the basis of price, according to one of these people….

Industry officials said Lockheed is expected to continue pursuing many of those same long-term goals, though probably at a slower pace, while it seeks to snare other federal dollars or related commercial business.

Slated to be announced in early November, NASA’s coming awards will be the next phase of cargo-delivery contracts currently totaling as much as $6.2 billion that the agency issued years ago to Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp. and a predecessor company to Orbital ATK Inc.

Both of those companies remain in the running for additional commercial cargo awards, along with Boeing Co. and Sierra Nevada Corp.