Launch Service Agreement
The upcoming release of the Air Force RPF for launch services was a hot topic last week at the 35th Space Symposium
Blue Origin wants the U.S. Air Force to wait until 2021 before picking the two companies it intends use for launching critical military satellites in the decade ahead.
The stakes could not be higher for OmegA as it prepares for two critical static-fire tests of its solid rocket motors this year with the goal to launch its first payload in 2021.
While Blue Origin is asking for a delay in the LSP decision, ULA is said to be fiercely opposed.
The Launch Service Procurement would be the first competition under the National Security Space Launch program.
The 2019 National Defense Authorization Act directed the name change effective March 1.
The U.S. Air Force is moving into the next chapter of military space launch — competitive procurement of launch services from a wider field of commercial vendors with entirely U.S.-made rockets.
Air Force funding three new rockets to compete with SpaceX but only intends to buy launch services from two providers
Phase 2 of the Launch Service Agreement will be an open competition. All there winners have to compete - or they would have to return their development funds back to the government. SpaceX presumably would bid as well.
The U.S. Air Force announced on Wednesday it is awarding three contracts collectively worth about $2 billion to Blue Origin, Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems and United Launch Alliance to develop launch system prototypes.
Whoever signs up for one of two certification flights for the Omega rocket, will get a ride “at a reduced rate."
Orbital ATK on Monday revealed new details about the rocket it has been developing over the last three years in an effort to take U.S. Air Force launch contracts away from United Launch Alliance and SpaceX.