Former senior NASA official is under investigation

(ORDO NEWS) — The Wall Street Journal reports that the US Department of Justice has opened a criminal investigation into whether a former senior NASA official violated federal procurement law by informing a Boeing official of the status of their company’s application for developing a lunar lander for crew.

Former senior NASA official is under investigation

The Wall Street Journal reports that the US Department of Justice has opened a criminal investigation into whether a former senior NASA official violated federal procurement law by informing a Boeing official of the status of their company’s application for developing a lunar lander for crew.

The investigation includes communication between former NASA chief of astronaut missions to space Douglas Lovero and Boeing senior vice president Jim Chilton.

Loverro, who abruptly left NASA in May, allegedly incorrectly told Chilton that Boeing was going to be excluded from the competition for contracts to develop a human landing system because the company’s bid was insufficient.

The article said Boeing submitted a revised bid after Chilton’s warning, but a new bid was submitted too late and Boeing was dropped from the competition.

In April, NASA awarded $ 967 million in development contracts with Blue Origin, Dynetics and SpaceX. The space agency plans to win at least one billion-dollar contract for a spacecraft that will take two astronauts to the moon’s south pole by 2024.

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