Launch Service Procurement
The DoD IG was asked to look at whether the Air Force complied with its own guidelines when it certified SpaceX’s rockets to launch national security payloads.
Brig. Gen. Cothern: What type of launch vehicles will be needed “depends on the threats."
NROL-44 is the first of the final five missions to be flown by Delta 4 Heavy between now and 2024
Northrop Grumman statement: “We will determine next steps once the debriefing process concludes."
SpaceX reiterates its claim made in a May 2019 protest that the Air Force harmed the company by denying it a Launch Service Agreement award.
Bruno said the recent Phase 2 contract awards show ULA's pricing is competitive.
Air Force to end agreements with Blue Origin and Northrop Grumman, prepares for launch contract protests
Following the Phase 2 decision, the Air Force is preparing for the possibility of contractor protests.
Six years ago, SpaceX was the upstart launch company seeking to break United Launch Alliance’s monopoly on national security space launches. Now, it’s part of the establishment.
The Pentagon has selected SpaceX and United Launch Alliance to conduct potentially dozens of national security launches between fiscal year 2022 and fiscal year 2027
HASC Chairman Adam Smith: . “I want to make sure there’s competition.”
The $150 million addition is for investments focused on the National Security Space Launch Phase 3 competition.
Thompson: 'What I'm seeing right now across the launch industrial base is a lot of goodness.'
A May 29 letter signed by 28 lawmakers asks the Air Force to not cave to pressure to add a third provider in the Phase 2 launch services procurement.
Senior analyst Bonnie Triezenberg: "The Air Force needs to think about how they can maximize the number of U.S. suppliers."
Roper: “In a perfect world, we absolutely would continue with more providers."
SMC: “The study confirms the heavy lift launch market is unlikely to support more than two U.S. launch providers in the long term."