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NASA Delays ISS Cargo Contracts Decision

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ATLANTIC, Va.- NASA has delayed its awards of multi-billion dollar contracts to deliver supplies to the International Supply Station for 2018 and beyond.  

NASA was scheduled to announce Thursday which two commercial firms will carry supplies to the station from 2018 through 2014. But the space agency said it will make a decision no later than Jan. 30, 2016 to "allow time to complete a thorough proposal evaluation and selection." This would be the third delay in less than a year. 

The present cargo haulers, SpaceX and Orbital ATK hope to continue to their services, while two other companies, Boeing and Sierra Nevada Corp., are hoping to get into the game, by securing deals that could be worth up to $14 billion. However, media outlets reported on Thursday that Boeing had been eliminated from the competition.

Orbital ATK launches its space station resupply missions out of NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore. The company hopes to resume missions from Wallops tentatively next June. 

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