Michael Sheetz+ Your Authors @thesheetztweetz Space Reporter @CNBC | pitches [email protected] | DM for cell, WhatsApp, Signal, ProtonMail | formerly @DJNF @ESTribune | alumnus @TheKingsCollege Apr. 09, 2020 1 min read + Your Authors

NASA awarded SpaceX with the first contract under the $7 billion Gateway Logistics Services (GLS) program, while Northrop Grumman and Sierra Nevada Corp are still in the running – but Boeing is out.

NASA deputy admin. Kenneth Bowersox explains why:

Bowersox awarded SpaceX the initial GLS contract because – in addition to having a "significantly" lower price – the company's proposal had a superior technical approach, slightly superior management plan, and marginally better past performance compared to Northrop and SNC.

Here was NASA's overall evaluation of the four companies' proposals for delivering cargo to the lunar Gateway:

My story from Mar. 27 on what NASA's initial GLS award means:  https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/27/nasa-picks-spacex-for-lunar-orbit-missions-with-dragon-xl-falocn-heavy.html 

Boeing's statement on NASA eliminating the company from further GLS awards, which it says was "in part because of our commitment to protecting our intellectual property." $BA

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