The winners are SpaceX, Xbow Launch Systems, Northrop Grumman, Firefly Aerospace, United Launch Alliance, Aevum, Vox Space and Rocket Lab.
The new contract includes support services for the Space Rapid Capabilities Office and the Space Development Agency.
Lt. Gen. John Thompson: “I will categorically state that there is absolutely no bias against the commercial providers in the source selection process."
Col. Tim Sejba: “We’re contemplating a 10-year $12 billion competition."
The consortium manages the development of pre-production prototypes of space systems, including satellites, payloads and ground systems.
On the way to its target orbit, the Atlas’ Centaur upper stage rocket released a cubesat that was riding as a secondary payload.
The U.S. military is eager to take advantage of small satellite constellations if the technology proves it can fulfill military requirements and the price is right.
The ASLON-45 space vehicle manifest will consist of multiple 3U and larger U.S. government cubesats to low earth orbit.
The Wide Field Of View satellite will be used in support of the next-generation Overhead Persistent Infrared constellation.
Fair or not, rockets and satellites generally overshadow the ground systems they need to do their missions. But as the U.S. military looks for faster and cheaper ways to get data from satellites, ground systems are attracting growing attention.
A deep-rooted organization like SMC with more than 5,000 employees and a $7 billion budget is not going to change overnight, but it’s taking small steps.
Air Force says having more than two launch contractors in Phase 2 puts missions at risk.
Tournear will be 'dual-hatted' as SDA acting director and assistant director for space at the office of the undersecretary of defense for research and engineering,
The contract was awarded to SAIC on Jan. 31. Peraton filed a protest March 5.