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If the House NDAA language ends up becoming law, it would set things back at least two years, said Claire Leon, director of the Launch Enterprise Directorate at the Space and Missile Systems Center, in Los Angeles, California.
Frustration over lagging modernization has reached a tipping point in the U.S. Army as rising powers like Russia and China are arming their militaries with advanced weapons and electronic warfare systems.
Aerojet Rocketdyne has received am $18 million NASA contract to continue work on an electric-propulsion system.
The U.S. Government Accountability Office has denied a protest by Vencore Inc. of a contract awarded to TASC worth as much as $25 million to prescreen and negotiate apps for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.
MDA Corp. won a contract worth $5.2 million to provide a communications antenna subsystem for an unspecified Boeing-built satellite.
NGA has awarded L-3 Communications a contract worth as much as $218 million to operate and sustain the agency’s communication infrastructure.
Hispasat selects Space Systems/Loral to build the Amazonas 5 in a move that cancels the planned Amazonas 4B satellite that Orbital was expected to build.
The Air Force said awarding the work to another company would result in at least $250 million of duplicate costs.
Wyle’s bioastronautics contract expired in April 2013, but dueling bid protests that began that spring have forced NASA to extend the deal through April 2015.
Orbital Sciences will launch a small NASA heliophysics mission aboard the venerable Pegasus XL air-launched rocket in 2017 under a $56.3 million contract award.
Under the contract, Airbus will design and build one service module and build parts for a second to acquit ESA of its space station maintenance dues to NASA between 2017 and 2020.
Arianespace has said for months that its heavy-lift Ariane 5 rocket is fully booked into 2017, with a couple of possible spots late in 2016.