Spacehab sues NASA over loss of Columbia module
Webster-based commercial space company Spacehab has filed a lawsuit against the American space agency NASA. They are in fact seeking close to USD 80 million from the NASA for a research module destroyed during the collapse of the Columbia Space Shuttle while coming back to earth some three years ago.
The company has claimed that they had to resort to filing a lawsuit against NASA because the agency failed to offer a timely response to a prior claim filed with the space agency in 2004 under the Federal Tort Claims Act. In addition, they are also appealing the sum of $8 million, which the NASA paid them for the module in 2004.
Spacehab is also claiming that the NASAâ€™s actions and careless omissions led to the collapse of the Columbia space shuttle disaster. That led to further loss of property for the company. U.S. District Judge Kenneth Hoyt is scheduled to conduct a teleconference hearing on May 8.
Kimberly Campbell, a Spacehab representative added in a statement on behalf of the company: “We have throughout this whole process been willing to work with NASA to come up with what would be equitable or a fair solution. The importance is simply to make sure we come to an equitable solution.” NASA has not yet commented on this lawsuit.