Despite a surge in Chinese launch activity and growth of commercial Chinese launch developers, executives with American companies said they’re not worried about potential competition with them.
The Air Force Space Test Program has awarded contracts to Rocket Lab and Vox Space. More vendors could be selected.
The reports urges Congress to hold hearings on “achieving true and real competition in the national security launch market.”
Rocket Lab said Oct. 30 it plans to perform a long-delayed launch of an Electron rocket carrying several small satellites during a mid-November launch window, as the company seeks to ramp up its launch activity.
The next two to three years will be a time of adjustment in the space launch industry, according to panelists at Satellite Innovation 2018 here.
Kleos Space, a company developing a constellation of satellites for radiofrequency geolocation work, will launch its first satellites in 2019 with Rocket Lab under a deal announced Sept. 19.