Faced with a deep cut in its budget request for commercial crew development in fiscal 2012, NASA will continue to use Space Act Agreements (SAAs) to seed work on the private spacecraft it needs to carry U.S., European, Japanese and Canadian astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS). NASA had planned to issue a request for proposals Monday under the standard Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) for the third round of its Commercial Crew Development (CCDev) program. But ...

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