Launch Service Procurement
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."
ManTech in 2010 received a 10-year contract for launch systems engineering and integration, and the job is now being re-competed.
Rep. Adam Smith said a delay in the award of national security space contracts could be harmful to suppliers.
Source selections for national security space launch, ground based strategic deterrent remain on track
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'