WASHINGTON — The Space Force’s Space Systems Command announced Jan. 26 that additional vendors have been selected for the Sounding Rocket Program-4. This is a multiyear contract where companies compete for orders to launch small rockets used to carry scientific instruments and experiments into suborbital space.
Kratos Space & Missile Defense Systems, L3Harris’ Aerojet Rocketdyne Coleman Aerospace, and Corvid Technologies were awarded indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contracts for Sounding Rocket Program-4.
Sounding rockets are small test vehicles that carry scientific payloads that are put into space for short periods of time, usually for a few minutes.
Contract value increased
When the program started in 2018, Space Vector and Northrop Grumman won seven-year IDIQ contracts for SRP-4. With the addition of three new vendors, the program has been extended until 2029 and its total projected value increased from $424 million to $877 million.
The companies will bid for task orders to provide suborbital launch services and launch support services at contractor facilities and government launch sites.
SRP-4 is run by the Space Systems Command’s small rocket program office at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico.