US To Settle Over Research Lost In Shuttle Disaster

Law360, New York (February 7, 2011, 5:33 PM EST) -- The U.S. government has agreed to pay $500,000 to settle claims that NASA violated a memorandum of understanding by allowing temperature-sensitive research carried aboard the space shuttle Columbia to spoil after the spacecraft disintegrated in 2003.

According to an agreement filed Friday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the government said it would pay Instrumentation Technologies Associates Inc. after a dispute of more than six years, during which time ITA sought up to $27 million.

ITA, a private research firm, entered...
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