Judge Kills Protest Of $3B NASA Space Cargo Contract

Law360, New York (December 15, 2010, 2:27 PM EST) -- A federal judge has thrown out a bid protest over a $3 billion NASA contract to transport cargo to the International Space Station, accepting the space agency’s claim that plaintiff PlanetSpace Inc.’s lower overall bid was outweighed by the risk that the contractor would come in far over budget.

NASA's bid reviewer used an “atypical analysis” when he tossed the PlanetSpace bid despite what the company called a "whopping price advantage” over the other two bidders, but the complexity of the contract and the likelihood of...
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