Launch Service Procurement
Smith so far has not been happy with the Air Force’s response to his concerns about the launch program.
The amended language retained two key provisions that help SpaceX and Blue Origin, and removed two others that were opposed by ULA.
Smith’s mark does not disrupt the LSP schedule and only directs some changes to the rules of the competition.
In the days since the May 3 release of the Air Force’s formal call for proposals for the National Security Space Launch Phase 2 Launch Service Procurement, new squabbles have arisen as bidders scrutinize the final solicitation for anything that might tilt the competition in a rival’s favor.
Blue Origin, Northrop Grumman and United Launch Alliance have filed 'motions to intervene' in the lawsuit filed by SpaceX against the U.S. government
The launch competition the Air Force kicked off last week will test rockets' capabilities to reach higher orbits and lift heavier payloads.
“We must move forward now," said Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson.
HASC Chairman Adam Smith is said to be unsatisfied with the Air Force’s response to his concerns about the Launch Service Procurement competition.
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 fact that we are hearing conflicting stories coming from the Pentagon and from SMC speaks to the political scrutiny surrounding the National Security Space Launch program.
While Blue Origin is asking for a delay in the LSP decision, ULA is said to be fiercely opposed.
An award is anticipated in spring 2020. The Air Force will procure launch services from fiscal year 2020 through 2024 for launches starting in 2022.
While the industry is eager to win military contracts, the decision to choose only two companies to move forward has been controversial and criticized for being unnecessarily rushed.