Posted by: spacewritinguy | March 2, 2009

Boeing Submits Altair Proposal

http://www.yourdefencenews.com/boeing+submits+proposal+for+altair+lunar+lander+study+contract_25456.html

I wonder if this means no one else put in a bid, or if they’re merely the first. Admittedly, given the specialized nature of the project, NASA can’t very well expect the government-standard-minimum of at least three bidders, but I wonder what they’ll do if they only get one bid. The people who hate sole-source contracts for Halliburton will be out in force, no doubt; however, as in the case of Halliburton, if there’s only one company capable of doing the job, do you stick with the minimum-bid rule, or do you sole-source it?

Aren’t you glad you don’t have to make these decisions? And, if you do and you’re reading this, you have my sincere condolences. Good luck with that.

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