If starting and then stopping, within a week, a procurement process for human rating commercial crew transport vehicles  seems strange then the sum of money that came attached might seem even stranger

NASA has told Hyperbola: “We received a total of $1 million in recovery act funds for human rating commercial crew vehicles.”

And “Yes, that is just one million.”

According to the space agency “In spite of that statement in the [human rating study procurement synopsis saying only Orbital and SpaceX could apply] there was so much interest from other companies that NASA decided it needed to move to a position where those other companies could comment, thus an [Request For Information].”

But why only $1 million in the first place? Hyperbola will answer that question and more tomorrow