NASA To Pay Russia $424 Million For Six Soyuz Seats

By Frank Morring, Jr.
Source: Aerospace Daily & Defense Report

Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.), chairman of the House subcommittee that funds NASA, and other lawmakers have questioned the agency’s need to help fund three companies — Boeing, Sierra Nevada and SpaceX — in their commercial crew vehicle development. In Senate Appropriations testimony last week Bolden repeated the administration argument that at least two competing suppliers are needed to hold down prices over the long haul.

Bolden told the Senate panel that if sequestration extends into fiscal 2014, NASA will have to rewrite the $3.2 billion in contracts with SpaceX and Orbital Sciences Corp. to deliver cargo to the ISS in vehicles developed under a scheme similar to the Commercial Crew Program.

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