Proposals gaining momentum in Washington call for contractors to build and run competing systems under commercial contracts, according to federal officials, aerospace-industry officials and others familiar with the discussions.
While the Obama administration is still mulling options and hasn't made any final decisions, such a move would represent a major policy shift away from decades of government-run rocket and astronaut-transportation programs such as the current space-shuttle fleet. By some estimates, the Administration's current spending blueprint for manned space exploration over the next decade is between $30 billion and $50 billion less than federal officials first projected when President George W. Bush unveiled a plan to return astronauts to the moon.
NASA considers outsourcing to cut costs
Posted on Monday, Aug 24 2009 @ 12:25 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck