The production of the third Delta 4 Heavy rocket under this contract is expected to be completed by January 2024.
The NRO is ready to start buying products from new vendors and move beyond the single-supplier arrangement with Maxar Technologies.
Sen. Jack Reed: “An issue that will be paramount for both of you is Space Command’s relationship with the NRO."
"We expect our investment in commercial in total to increase going forward," said Troy Meink, who leads NRO’s Geospatial Intelligence Directorate. "As you can imagine with the increase in requirements, there's going to be an increase in the cost.
The National Reconnaissance Office awarded commercial imagery study contracts to BlackSky Global, Maxar Technologies and Planet, Troy Meink, who leads NRO’s Geospatial Intelligence Directorate, announced June 3.
The Air Force announcement that it is paying ULA $449.8 million for three Delta 4 Heavy launches is only half the story.
NROL-68 is the second of three missions awarded to ULA under the Launch Vehicle Production Services contract.
Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) told Scolese that he supports his nomination.
Officials are working on a transition plan to transfer commercial imagery acquisition from NGA to NRO in fiscal year 2019.
Air Force and NRO leaders emphasized their close ties at the 34th Space Symposium here and offered proof the relationship is helping them share capabilities.
NRO aims to move fast by relying on commercial products, expanding internal research and development
“Commercial space will be fully leveraged in satisfying user needs and fully considered in the development of every future space system,” said NRO Director Betty Sapp. “Just as we do in other areas, we want to design only what we must and buy everything that we can.”
The Trump administration has identified representatives of the various government agencies who will serve on the National Space Council, which is likely to hold its first meeting “very, very shortly,” Greg Autry, the administration’s former NASA liaison, said Aug. 30.
The company successfully landed the first stage booster after fairing separation of the NRO payload.