Launch Service Procurement
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.