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[i]Dan Coulom, a spokesman for Hamilton, called NASA's decision "disappointing, obviously" and said the company would attend a formal debriefing with space agency officials "in a couple weeks."
"We'll decide what to do once we hear what they have to say," he said.
Coulom declined to say whether Hamilton would challenge the contract award, as other UTC units have recently done with other lost contracts.
Hamilton's Space, Land & Sea unit is its smallest, generating about 6 percent of the company's revenue, or $330 million last year. The spacesuit is a small part of that.
Nonetheless, the loss badly stings the company. It is easily the most identifiable product Hamilton makes. Last October, in the thick of the spacesuit contest, Ed Francis, head of the Space, Land & Sea unit, said, "This is a big deal to us. We feel obligated to compete at the highest level."[/i]
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