The U.S. Air Force called off a high-profile competition to launch a spy satellite but now intends to put as many as 10 individual launch contracts up for bid between now and the end of 2017.
A highly anticipated U.S. Air Force launch contract - once thought to be SpaceX’s first chance to break into the national security launch market – has instead been added to the service’s existing $11 billion deal with United Launch Alliance.
Two competitive national security launches, the first to be awarded under the U.S. Air Force’s main satellite launching program in 15 years, will be among the Defense Department’s most closely watched space-related procurements this year.
Retired U.S. Air Force Gen. Larry D. Welch, a former chief of staff, will lead an independent review of the service’s launch vehicle certification process, which has come under criticism for the time it is taking to certify SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket to carry military payloads.
For the third time in nine months, a defendant in a lawsuit challenging the U.S. Air Force’s $11 billion bulk purchase of rockets from United Launch Alliance are asking a federal judge to dismiss the case.
Orbital and ATK had said they were interested in launching national security space payloads.
Searchable copy of the complaint SpaceX filed April 28, 2014 with the U.S. Court of Claims challenging the U.S. Air Force's plan to award national security launch contracts to United Launch Alliance on a sole-source basis.
SpaceX is filing a formal protest in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims over a multibillion-dollar U.S. Air Force contract to its incumbent, ULA.
A group of seven U.S. senators have pushed back against an Air Force plan to halve the number of launches to be competitively awarded under the service’s primary satellite launching program from 2015 through 2017.
The U.S. Air Force is halving the number of space launches to be competitively awarded from 2015 to 2017.
The Pentagon may not be able to take full advantage of new competition in the national security launch market because it cannot determine an accurate price for an individual launch by ULA.
Setting the stage for the upcoming competitive phase of the EELV program, ULA and the Air Force claim the new contracting structure has already saved taxpayers billions of dollars.
The article bore no resemblance to what was actually a timely, thoughtful GAO report.
The U.S. Air Force is opening the EELV program to competition.
The U.S. Air Force did the prudent thing by delaying its planned block buy of Atlas 5 and Delta 4 rockets used to launch the vast majority of U.S. government payloads, including virtually all of the nation’s operational national security satellites.