Launch Service Procurement
Leveraging commercial practices must not exclude or degrade mission assurance, as history has amply demonstrated.
In response to concerns about its launch procurement strategy, the Air Force asked RAND to conduct an independent analysis of the heavy lift launch market.
Bongiovi says anywhere from eight to 11 national security launches could take place in 2020
An amendment to the National Security Space Launch Phase 2 Launch Service Procurement RFP is in 'final coordination'
In protest decision, GAO negates Blue Origin’s claim that Air Force launch procurement favors incumbents
GAO disagreed with Blue Origin that the terms of the launch procurement unduly restrict competition
Air Force to revise selection criteria for launch procurement in wake of Blue Origin’s successful protest
Air Force acquisition executive Will Roper said the solicitation will be amended to address GAO's concerns.
GAO said in a statement that the agency on Nov. 18 sustained the protest filed by Blue Origin on Aug. 12.
The Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center announced the start of a National Security Launch Architecture study.
Bruno said ULA is confident that Vulcan will be ready to fly Category C payloads by 2023.
Blue Origin is further pressing its case for the Air Force to open up the Phase 2 launch procurement to more competitors.
Lt. Gen. John Thompson: “I will categorically state that there is absolutely no bias against the commercial providers in the source selection process."
With the size and growth of commercial markets uncertain, launch companies are looking to government agencies to varying degrees for stability and funding for the development of new vehicles.
Ellen Lord, undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment, said DoD supports Air Force plans for Phase 2 Launch Service Procurement.
SpaceX and Blue Origin both have already taken legal action against the Air Force, arguing that it has failed to create a level playing field for them and other companies to be able to challenge heavily favored ULA.
ULA, SpaceX, Blue Origin, Northrop Grumman submit bids for national security launch procurement contract
ULA and SpaceX currently launch the bulk of U.S. national security satellites while Northrop Grumman and Blue Origin are looking to break in.
Blue Origin filed a “pre-award” protest with the GAO, arguing that the rules set by the Air Force do not allow for a fair and open competition.