Launch Service Procurement
Proposed changes to the National Security Space Launch program that Smith introduced in the HASC version of the NDAA made it into the House bill.
White House challenges HASC Space Corps language, strongly objects to space launch provisions in NDAA
On the National Security Space Launch program, the administration “strongly objects” to HASC language “as it would increase mission risk for the nation’s national security satellites.”
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Air Force says having more than two launch contractors in Phase 2 puts missions at risk.
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.
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The launch competition the Air Force kicked off last week will test rockets' capabilities to reach higher orbits and lift heavier payloads.
The LSP is a five-year procurement for approximately 34 missions that will launch starting in 2022.
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.