With the new year comes some major developments in commercial space:
Monday, Jan. 5: The Government Accountability Office is scheduled to rule on an appeal by Sierra Nevada Corporation’s protest of NASA’s decision to award Commercial Crew Program contracts to Boeing and SpaceX.
The decision left SNC and its Dream Chaser shuttle out in the cold for delivering crew to the International Space Station. SNC claims its bid was significantly lower than the one submitted by Boeing, and that NASA’s decision-making process was marred by irregularities.
Tuesday, Jan. 6: SpaceX will attempt to land a Falcon 9 first stage on a barge. The rocket will be launching a Dragon freighter to the International Space Station. The launch is set for 6:20:29 a.m. EST. NASA Television coverage will begin at 5 a.m. EST.