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Well the third time was needed charm for the crew of the space shuttle discovery NASA is delaying today's scheduled launch from this morning until later tonight so officials.
Can review tax on faulty valve that's kept the ship grounded.
The scrap the launch is the latest of several over the last two years which -- three of those failed lift -- costing almost extract.
One billion dollars which has some calling for NASA to outsource its operations Space Exploration Technologies is one company -- is outsourcing -- you.
And the vice president of strategic relations Larry Williams is joining me this morning Larry thank you for joining us first stop.
I want to ask you you know the discovery mission is scheduled to lift up tomorrow it's already been -- -- -- because of technical problems and bad weather.
All of that of course announced two more money we have some other examples of delays in their costs for example.
Least not recently it 25 month delay from mission to Mars that costs more than 615 million dollars.
So we're seeing all these delays at two more money.
Is outsourcing the answer here.
The warning elect as I appreciate the opportunity to talk about this.
On the outsourcing in the term outsourcing is in some ways a bit of an over simplification of -- what NASA's proposing to do.
They they currently.
-- -- Contract with private companies.
The largest being Boeing and Lockheed in the united space alliance to operate the space shuttle today.
-- what -- proposing to do is is relied more on the private sector.
And allow companies like mine space sex that to step up and take on a larger role.
Bomb so -- tape the subtle but important difference between the way they operate today in the way -- -- gonna be operating are proposing to operate going forward.
Larry at this year actually talking to Shibani right now -- -- let me ask you about how these outsourcing partnerships.
Work is it that NASA is outsourcing a majority of its workers slowly starting to increase on -- on a piece by piece project by project basis.
They're actually starting to increase the level.
Of relying upon the private sector and is in some ways it shift.
Moving to different contract -- methods and allowing the private sector to invest more -- our -- capital.
And take on a greater role.
They recently did that would my company by providing a -- contract for one point six billion dollars to provide cargo supply services International Space Station.
And there was a blue ribbon commission that NASA set up that.
Recently recommended that they start moving in the same direction.
For the transport of crew so you it is in some ways a major shift in some ways it's a more subtle contract -- -- because -- -- it's can often be similar companies that are already doing the work that will be doing the work.
Larry before we before we go how do you compete against the Boeing's and the big companies -- the world you mentioned you got a one point six billion got -- dollar contract but that's 10% of NASA's overall budget.
How do you compete with the big guys.
It is definitely challenging.
You know a lot of the in most industries the innovation comes from outside the entrance players in the industry.
And that's something that our company is doing and actually down -- live from Waco Texas where we do our reports and testing and a small town outside.
Of Waco called McGregor one of the advantages of operating here as opposed to on NASA facility.
Is we can far engines.
Over once per day we have very quick cycle times a -- in.
Get be back in reiterate quickly and not have as much government bureaucracy is typical so it's a performance that gets you there at your results right.
-- the end of the day it is gonna have to be about our results and so far we've been able to.
Two invest their own money develop our -- technology.
And down there's a lot of them.
Little things that add up to make a big difference.
All right thank you very much Larry we appreciate your time Space Exploration Technologies strategic.
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