Why Boeing Abandoned Ship

It didn't care for the shuttle's costs-or NASA's demands

Their prospects seemed as bright as Haley's Comet. As a team, McDonnell Douglas Corp. and Boeing Co. looked like prime contenders to win a high-profile deal from NASA to build the next-generation space shuttle. After all, Boeing has the commercial aviation knowhow, and McDonnell is an aerospace technology veteran. Then, on June 3, those hopes burned out like a disposable Bic lighter.

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