Boeing probably expected NASA to pay for the lander. But NASAs since said they expect a lot more commercial investment (and that an SLS-launched lander would require additional investment from Boeing to get that high production capability, so double hit). The other bidders seem to already be spending their own money and/or have a lot more heritage in their designs than the Boeing option, so this expectation probably won't go well.
How does NASA stop money going to general running of Boeing given they are bleeding cash.
SLS and Starliner will be in same boat.
Unfortunately can't ring fence project team as lots of other Boeing resources are used on part time basis to support these projects.
Quote from: TrevorMonty on 03/19/2020 04:47 pmHow does NASA stop money going to general running of Boeing given they are bleeding cash.That is NOT the job of NASA. Political decisions like that are made by the politicians (i.e. President & Congress), not the departments and agencies.QuoteSLS and Starliner will be in same boat.The SLS program is pure profit for Boeing, since they are building it under a Cost Plus contract. The Starliner, while a financially questionable program, is a drop in the bucket compared to what the Boeing Commercial division is going through.QuoteUnfortunately can't ring fence project team as lots of other Boeing resources are used on part time basis to support these projects.The SLS and Starliner programs are in the Boeing Space division, and unlikely to share anything with any other divisions like Defense and Commercial.