Us Air Force Launch Services Agreement

Both companies lost at the Phas Awards for the launch of National Security Space Launch (NSSL) launch services on August 7. On that date, the Space force`s Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), in partnership with the National Reconnaissance Office (NGO), awarded the United Launch Alliance (ULA) a $337 million contract for two secret mission launches and Space X a $316 million contract for a classified mission launch under Phase 2 of LSP. Northrop Grumman said the company was « confident that we have submitted a strong proposal that reflects our extensive space launch experience and adds value to our customers, and we look forward to our customer debriefing. » « The order backlog awarded includes the first year of service service and the prices of the various missions ordered by the companies involved, » said SMC. « These awards were proposed by the companies as part of the Phase 2 acquisition and reflect significant savings over the historical prices of previous NSSL start-up acquisitions. » During the phone call with reporters, Roper was asked to explain why SpaceX is paid almost the same amount for a mission that ULA receives for two missions. Roper declined to comment on the matter and said the launches are classified missions. In 2018, a competitive contract has been awarded for the launch of national security spacecraft between United Launch Alliance (ULA), Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems (NGIS), Blue Origin and SpaceX. The Falcon Heavy is a heavy missile developed and produced by SpaceX. He was certified for the NSSL program after the launch of STP-2 completed on June 25, 2019, as Air Space and Missile Systems Center Captain Lt Gen. Thompson confirmed. [31] He clarified, « I have certified to them that I was running last year, » and « [o]ne of the requirements behind certification is to fly three missions. » This requirement was met by the Falcon Heavy test flight in February 2018, the Arabsat-6A in April 2019 and the launch of the GfbS-2 in June 2019. However, Falcon Heavy has only been certified for two Phase 1A reference orbits and « [i]t is certified for all of our most stressful national safety space orbits, » Thompson said. [32] Thus, the USAF collaborated with SpaceX to develop the design of its Falcon Heavy.

For the CCAFS launches, « Airmen, Air force civilians and contractors from across the 45th Space Wing provided significant support, including weather forecasting, start-up and range operations, security, security, medical and public affairs.