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[i]NASA plans to terminate its contract for oilfield services company Oceaneering International Inc. to produce a new space suit as it seeks more information on costs, according to a document obtained by Reuters on Friday.
The move by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration gives diversified U.S. manufacturer United Technologies Corp's Hamilton Sundstrand unit a chance to win back the contract. Hamilton has been the prime contractor on the space suit program since 1981.
A NASA official told Washington auditors in a letter dated Thursday that the U.S. space agency found it had not asked Oceaneering for a required "cost accounting standards disclosure statement," and it would hold "limited discussions" with Oceaneering and United Tech about new proposals.
NASA will terminate its current contract for Houston-based Oceaneering to produce the space suits, senior attorney Alexander Bakos wrote in the letter obtained by Reuters.[/i]
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