NASA said last October that the On-Orbit Service, Assembly and Manufacturing 1 (OSAM 1) project is still facing an increase in costs, and is expected to exceed its specified value of $2.05 billion, as well as its launch date in December 2026.

It indicated on Friday that it had made the decision to halt the project due to "ongoing technical, cost and schedule challenges, and the broader community's evolution away from refueling ill-equipped spacecraft, which has resulted in the lack of a committed partner."

NASA reported months ago that one of the main reasons for the increase in project costs and delays in the schedule was the “weak” performance of Maxar.

NASA contracted with Maxar in 2019 to help build its Gateway platform in lunar orbit, a vital external point for the first American mission to send astronauts to the moon.